The answer to this question is really pissing me off…
And of course there is a story that lead to me asking the question in the first place – so perhaps I will just tell you the story first…
Let’s set the scene a little:
Sitting in a café trying to look creative – I was busy writing away in my little notebook..
A Grandmother (I’m assuming) of three little boys came in.
They looked like they had just completed an awesome fun day in the swimming pool. They were full of energy and straight to the glass door to get a promised drink. The oldest boy (only about 11ish) reached for the Powerade and Gran’s instant reaction was a disapproving look and clear instruction to put it back.
No go from Gran. Great choice Gran kids certainly don’t need that type of drink to re-hydrate from a splash in the pool with all that sugar to buzz them up.
So then Gran suggested a flavoured milk to the children which they all happily grabbed and all was right with the world.
Good on you Gran, she is doing her bit to make healthy choices for her grandchildren. I’m also going to assume that to support her choice she is thinking milk is great for growing bones etc etc.
SO why am I pissed off?
Well sadly after a little research into our safe and healthy little flavoured milk -it turns out that the sugar content AND salt (sodium) content in the flavoured milk was more then in the Powerade.
Actually double the sodium and 10gms more sugar.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that Gran would have made this choice knowingly – and here we are with the real reason why I’m so cranky. I’m sick of so many drinks and foods being touted as healthy alternatives when in fact they have altered what we once new as being good for us into something that we barely recognise.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who remembers a yummy glass of cold fresh raw full fat milk and as a treat maybe even having some milo (or a lot) to flavour it up now and then.
Clearly the modern day version is not the same anymore and certainly not good for our kids.
PLUS I forgot to mention the Vegetable Gum 407 thickener and emulsifier they add to stop it from going off. YUK (this is also used in industrial and pharmaceutical products. Great !
What’s the solution?
Plain old boring fresh water.
The sooner you get your kids used to it the better.
Even if you think they won’t drink it – eventually they will – the human body craves it eventually.
And don’t even get me started on Energy Drinks and Juice concentrate. Argggh maybe that’s my next post…
Read those labels and stay fussy
Charlie G Hunter