Health Groups Propose Recommendations on Drinks for Children

Leading medical and nutrition organizations recommend staying away from added sugars in drinks for children five and under. The groups say breast milk, infant formula, water and plain milk are part of the new set of beverage recommendations for children. They caution against beverages with added sugars, including flavored and low-calorie sweetened beverages. The new guidelines add to recommendations to avoid other drinks on the market targeting children such as toddler formulas, caffeinated beverages, and plant-based/non-dairy milks which provide no unique nutritional value. The recommendations were developed as part of a collaboration by experts at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association. The groups say research shows that what children drink from birth through age five has a big impact on their health, both now and for years to come. Spokesperson Megan Lott says the recommendations “represent a clear set of objective, science-based recommendations for healthy drink consumption.”