Sweets can make people feel good, but they also weave a "sweet trap" for people. In recent years, the production and sales of sugar-sweetened beverages in my country have been increasing, and it is more and more common for children to drink beverages, including sugar-sweetened beverages. Relevant studies have shown that excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages can increase the risk of dental caries and chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and other diseases, which is not good for health. Professor Ma Guansheng, a professor at the School of Public Health of Peking University and vice chairman of the Chinese Nutrition Society, suggested that sugar-sweetened beverages should be reduced or avoided, and sugar-sweetened beverages should not be used as a substitute for water.
Sugar-sweetened beverages refer to beverages in which sugar is artificially added in the process of making beverages, and the sugar content is more than 5%. At present, more than half of the beverages in my country's beverage market are sugar-sweetened beverages. The World Health Organization's "Guidelines for Sugar Intake in Adults and Children" recommend that free sugar intake should be reduced throughout the life course. Free sugar intake in adults and children should be reduced to less than 10% of total energy, and if it can be further controlled to less than 5%, it will bring more health benefits.
"White water is cheap and easy to obtain, safe and hygienic, and there is no need to worry about the health risks caused by 'added sugar'. It is recommended that white water is the first choice; packaged drinking water such as mineral water can also be used as appropriate, but it is not recommended to drink pure water regularly." Ma Guansheng said.
For some people, especially children, who do not like to drink tasteless white water, Ma Guansheng suggested that 1-2 pieces of fresh lemon slices and 3-4 pieces of mint leaves can be added to the water to increase the color and taste of the water, and some traditional drinks can also be made. Such as mung bean soup, sour plum soup, etc., be careful not to add sugar. In addition, adults can also choose to drink weak tea or coffee, but it is not advisable to drink a lot of strong tea, and it is not advisable to drink too much coffee.