OK, so most of us are aware of the nastiest so-called ‘hydration helpers’ out there, which include flavoured milks, soft drinks, cordials, sports drinks, energy drinks and flavoured mineral water. However, fruit juices which often contain added sugars are one of the sneakier ‘healthy’ drinks you should also look out for.
Children actually don’t need fruit juice at all. Better alternatives are whole fruits which are often naturally sweet, contain fibre and lots of vitamins and minerals, and most importantly, contain lots of water. These include things like watermelon, berries, pineapple, mango and stone fruit.
And although water is by far the best option for hydration, milk is also an option for children over two years of age as it helps your child develop strong teeth and bones, and generally contains a significant amount of water. Reduced fat versions are the way to go here as they contain as many nutrients as full cream milk, but are lower in unhealthy saturated fats.