Many individuals think that flavored water is healthful, but it is actually ruining children's health with sugar and making them reject real water.
Many parents pat themselves on the back when they give little Johnny a flavored water rather than a soft drink. But while it might be an improvement from soda, flavored water is far from healthy. As a matter of fact, experts (and everyone else) are now warning against using it as a substitute for the clear stuff, indicating flavored water could make children abhor the real thing.
“My children abhor the taste of plain water,” says one mother to the Huffington Post.
“We always have to add a little bit of juice,” says another.
Whether soda, juice, or a flavor packet added to water, beverages other than water are training children to push aside anything their taste buds can’t rejoice over. With sugary beverages making up about 15-25% of the daily recommended caloric intake for children ages 2-19, children are already consuming a whopping 7 trillion calories of sugar each year. Although that certainly includes soda, parents are pushing flavored waters thinking that it’s a sound alternative.