I speak to a lot of parents with selective eaters whose children crave fizzy drinks.
It makes logical sense from the body's point of view as it's a very quick way to redress blood sugar lows and give a burst of energy.
We all know that fizzies are not a great health choice because of the quantity of sugar and a dental nightmare to boot.
However, the caffeine content is not usually discussed and cola and energy drinks can have as much caffeine as in a regularly brewed cup of coffee!
Stimulants like caffeine (and guarana) can have a disruptive effect on children's blood sugar balances. Add lots of sugar and colourings and the net stimulant effect is magnified.
Caffeine can also suppress the appetite so always something to consider if you have a selective eater. The "treat" drink may just be affecting our kids more than we anticipated!
If it's the "fizzy" part that is craved soda water or soda water + some juice may be an alternative?
Do you have a selective eater that loves fizzy?
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.