Sources: The Journal of Pediatrics [abstract], Elsevier/Columbia Univ. [press release]
quote: The healthiest drink for you, is obviously water and is essentially free anyway if you have a rain water tank.As a kid, that's all I *ever* drank
quote: No, no it doesn't. There is absolutely zero difference between the fructose in drinks and the fructose in apple juice.
quote: HFCS is "high-fructose" which can be as high as 90% fructose where as natural sugar (cane sugar, table sugar, etc) and juice sugars are mostly, if not entirely, sucrose. HFCS is processed differently by the body. The industry claims to use HFCS-55 in soft drinks (55% fructose) and HFCS-42 in bakes goods and foods, but most lab studies show HFCS-90 is used in almost everything because it is cheapest to produce (less corn syrup is blended with "rear" sugar)
quote: While that could be true when comparing a favorable blend of HFCS to a high-fructose juice like orange juice, you have left "manufacturing" out of the equation.
quote: HFCS is highly chlorinated during production with synthetic agents. Sucralose (Splenda) is highly chlorinated as well. Chlorine is a toxin to the body.
quote: The true danger of HFCS is how we use it in honey production. There has been a world-wide bee epidemic for nearly a decade, coincidentally, right about the time HFCS was used as a sucrose replacement for honey bees.
quote: The only non-water-but-cheaper-than-soda option is mix drinks (i.e. Kool-Aid like powders). Which are either sugary (a cup of sugar per 2 quarts) or full of artificial sweeteners.
quote: A 2-liter of soda is cheaper than a gallon of milk or bottle of juice. And your kids are always much more happy drinking the soda than either. While giving the soda to your kids to pacify them can be construed as bad parenting, when money is tight and every penny counts soda can be an appealing option. Especially in areas that have bad or harmful tap water.