There was a time during history that milk did a "body good" and water was a favorite beverage of choice. That changed once the concoction called "soda water" was first coined in 1798. Since then soda consumption has become the norm for the average Jane or Joe; the National Soft Drink Association (NSDA), estimates that the average consumer has more than 600 12-ounce servings (12 oz.) of soda per year; teenagers and young kids are tbe biggest fans of sugar drinks more so than any other age group. That puts parents in the first line of fire for helping curb the limits.
According to the latest nutritional guide produced by the U.S. Government, individuals should instead opt to "Drink water instead of sugary drinks," as soft drinks may be refreshing, but also supply biggest source of empty calories in the average diet. Additionally excess soda consumption has been linked to a myriad of dental problems (including tooth decay, cavities and gum disease), health issues (including obesity and diabetes) and mental health issues including aggression in teenagers. Parents concerned about their children are encouraged to prevent their kids from sipping too much and 1800Dentist.com has some tips on how to do the deed.
Water With Meals
Many people subject themselves to days on the run mixed with multitasking and eating fast food. Sadly, this behavior is being passed down from generation from generation. Slowing down and taking the time to eat dinner as a family is one change to initiate as the process has been shown to have a multitude of benefits (including preventing kids from smoking, using illegal drugs and can help improve their grades ) and will encourage families "...to eat more vegetables and fruits -- and fewer fried foods, soda, and foods with trans fats," (http://children.webmd.com/guide/family-dinners-are-important).
Food and drink have always gone together hand in hand as sometimes a bit of liquid (combined with saliva) can help moisten food to help ease in its consumption. Some people are known for drinking tons of liquid during mealtimes and parents can ensure that their kids only drink water when they make family dinner a priority. The move is as simple as not putting soda on the table and instead filling a pitcher with clean-crisp water instead. When family members get thirsty and find that water is their only option, they will naturally make due.
Don't Buy It
Most parents of this generation have been raised knowing about the decades old soda war between Coke, Pepsi and other competitors; soft drink manufactures have spent billions of dollars trying win. Parents have to help fight their natural tendencies to listen to the big brains on Madison Ave and instead simple choose to ignore the messages and not buy pop.