Hopped On Pop: Mom Talk

Sugar isn't the only ingredient in soda that shakes our kids up.

On a recent vacation, we struggled to find healthy-ish foods for our son to eat. It's hard enough for adults to mind our, ahem, girlish figures, let alone feed our kids.

I'm not opposed to the drive thru from time to time. I don't expect Jenny Craig to hand me the bag through the window. However, it surprises me how many places don't serve plain white milk.

is one place that has stepped up with making meals healthier. Our son loves the apples, certainly more than the fries. He drinks milk almost exclusively.

While on this trip, we met another guest at the inn—a body builder. (Did I say body builder? What I meant is that he was by far the largest man I have ever seen, and that includes several pro football players.) We got to talking about food. Turns out, he is a bit of an expert in child nutrition.

He told us that one of the single worst drinks for kids is pop. That seems a little obvious to me. Yet the way he explained it was eye-opening. Their little bodies can't handle the caffeine. In addition to the standard sugar-induced hyper-activity, their bodies get strung out on the caffeine.

And yet, when I go to parties, I see kids as young as 3 and 4 drink pop after pop after pop. I remember seeing one little girl too big to jump. By age 7, she and her mom both went to Weight Watchers together. What a thing to have to subject a child to.

I commend First Lady Michelle Obama for her Let's Move initiative. It seems trivial but it is so regularly overlooked. Have we really become a society where we need public service announcements to tell kids to go outside and play?

Even Sesame Street has layered in extra sketches about exercise. For example, Jason Mraz changed his popular tune to teach kids to go "Outdoors."

It's hard enough as adults to keep active and healthy. Do we really have to subject our kids to those awful extra pounds so early?

As our new body-builder friend said, people would lose a surprising amount of body weight just by cutting out the pop.

So as we wrap up the last of our summer vacations, let's try to focus on keeping our little ones healthy as well as happy. When they aren't so jazzed up by pop, they behave better, and don't get yelled at as much.

Sometimes, the answers can be quite simple.

John Roberts August 07, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Snoops . Com had just about all of my info wrong....snoops in an Internet info gatherer not a public record,investigation site there is a difference.snoops scans the Internet for information put out there by any one. I could write a piece on you and put it on the Internet and it will use that info as yours.
Olddeegee August 07, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Wow. John R. is so much smarter that Snopes (ya know, just a website) that he spelled it snoops. That must be his site where he can correct all of us. You're a bloviating, lonely, SCOTUS impersonator that leans on Ron Paul sites for "facts". I don't know which chronic whiner you really are as the name you use simply popped up here, but unless you have anything factual with 2 or 3 sources I'm petitioning that we block your wandering half-truths.
John Roberts August 09, 2012 at 03:44 PM
First of all I called it snoops because because it scans the Internet snooping around gathering any info it can right or wrong. Blovating lonely scouts impersonator....All labels that make no sense because you can speak no sense..I mean really your trying to label me so no one takes me serious..we bud the information is out there find it,use it,gather it, this story about Pepsi is all over the net....I am a man that raised 3 kids 2 becoming nurses and the other here,I am married now 13 years lonely I'ds a far cry bid.lol see I am who I am I am John Roberts Of Joliet Illinois not some name I want to post unde like you scared of people knowing who you are...I use my real name and I live here with the rest of the Roberts Family......Cronic whiner...lol you can tell you are one of thoes people who will not bother to look up the information but maybe only on SNOOPS. There are other resources like PRESiDENT OBAMA and his administration that said this...in case you didnt know Obama was quoted as saying it...lol but I guess it's all a conspiracy theory to you...maybe cause your like a lot of others You do not like the truth...Don't be mad....I drank Pepsi too... Lol just cause you find something out ya don't like ya try to label people to discredit what they are saying because other witse you would come out with facts instead of labels.lol
John Roberts August 09, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Back in January, Oklahoma Senator Ralph Shortey proposed legislation to ban the production of aborted fetal cell-derived flavor chemicals in his home state. If passed, S.B. 1418 would also reportedly ban the sale of any products that contain flavor chemicals derived from human fetal tissue, which includes Pepsi products Kraft & Nestlé.......but I guess is is all a conspiracy theory right....Don't bother to look up the bill though ....just throw me some more labels....lol
The Sentinel August 09, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Loretta, watch the caffiene too. Regular Coke, Pepsi and root beers usually are caffienated and that might make the jitters happen more than sugars. When I do have pop, I'll drink Diet, non-caffienated. Doesn't affect my blood pressure nor my sugar readings. As for taste, I don't get the "aftertaste" that some people do when trying diet pop and I prefer diet Coke (no caffiene) over Pepsi products...just my own taste preference. I use fruit juices only for bringing my readings up if I slip too low. Orange juice, while good for you, REALLY shoots 'em up there for me, very quickly, and it's what I ask for if I'm in a restaurant when I feel my sugars dropping too low. But loike I said, if your son feels jittery after drinking pop, it CAN be too much caffiene as much as sugars.


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