Most over-sweetened kids’ drinks

US Food Safety

While you might be aware just how sugary sodas are bad for your — and your kids’ — health, you might not know that some fruit-flavored children’s drinks — and juices — can have just as much sugar as soda, and be nearly as nutritionally empty. Many of these syrupy beverages are no more than glorified sugar-water, but they’re pitched to well-meaning moms as healthy, fun choices for kids.

One of our biggest surprise offenders was apple juice. This childhood classic is actually not great for children’s health, as it turns out. “Boxed apple juice contains a lot of sugar, and can be just as bad as drinking soda,” Dr. Deepa Verma tells us. “Apple juice has few natural ingredients and contains way too much sugar. It is possibly one of the worst juices to give your child and is responsible for a lot of dental decay and obesity in…

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