Sugary fruit drinks may be presented as healthy for kids, but, according to the spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), parents should instead turn to milk.
In a recent U.S. News & World Report article, Debbie Beauvais says while fruit drinks can’t be singled out as the only cause for childhood obesity, kids and adults should instead select other options, such as dairy.
Beauvais, who is a registered dietitian in addition to being an AND spokesperson, urged parents to make sure children consume 2 to 3 cups of low-fat or fat-free milk each day.
For children who turn up their noses at white milk, Beauvais suggests trying flavored milk.
“Flavored milk is a trade-off to no milk at all,” she said. “The nutrition that milk provides is more important than those few extra calories and sugar that add flavor.”
Beauvais also suggested that parents turn to pure fruit juice instead of juice drinks.