Five-year-olds who consume four or more sodas daily are more
than twice as likely to attack others, fight with them or destroy
their property, according to findings from a study by the Children's
Hospital Medical Center, published August 16 in the Journal of Pediatrics.
Many studies have confirmed a relationship between adolescents'
soft drink consumption and aggression, depression and suicidal thoughts;
but this is the first time scientists have identified this association
between soda and young children.
Were talking little kids here; scary!
The long-term effects of soda consumption manifest in adults,
who suffer from diabetes, obesity, stroke, depression, tooth decay,
and all kinds of ailmentsalso linked to poor diet and processed
junk foods heavy in salt, preservatives and color additives. These
types of foods provide little to no nutritional value. Processed
foods and sugary drinks are making this country unhealthy.
It's common knowledge that soda, diet soda, energy drinks and
other "liquid refreshments" are chock-full of sugar, caffeine,
and color additives. But what about juice?
I once gave my babies sweet, sugary apple juice in their bottles,
thinking it was good for them. Apples are a fruit, arent they?
Fruits are good for you, right?
Wrong. Not store-bought apple juice. It's full of sugar, which
causes tooth decay, especially on young pearly whites. We live and
Food: Crabapple Jelly With Sumac (Check out Dale's homemade
recipe for Apple Cider Vinegar!)
For years, I drank what I thought was a healthy tonic daily
of V-8 vegetable juice, the juice of one-half lemon (way too much)
and a couple of drops of Worchestershire sauce. My dentist said
that probably accounted for the substantial loss of enamel on my
There just isnt a drink much better for you than water.
Good 'ol water instead of soft drinks and other liquids.
One of the first things the New England settlers noted about
the indigenous peoples of Turtle Island was that they typically
drank watercold or hot, and oftentimes flavored. The Ojibwa
(Chippewa) of the western Great Lakes typically boiled their water
with vegetables, twigs and leaves, explains Frances Densmore in
her 1974 book How Indians Use Wild Plants for Food, Medicine and
All Natives regularly drank broths and stocks. The Iroquois,
for instance, would drink the water they used to boil cornbread,
as well as the water they used to boil nuts when separating oil,
writes Arthur C. Parker in his 1968 book Parker on the Iroquois.
Following in the footsteps of our ancestors, here are some tips
to spice up your water and make it your go-to thirst quencher:
1. Fruit (or Herb) Water
a large jar in the fridge filled with water and fruit for flavor.
Try lemon, orange, watermelon, peaches, or even herbs. I like cucumber,
fresh ginger and mint! The taste is subtle but refreshing, and a
nice break from the ordinary.
The Iroquois regularly prepared blackberry-infused water, particularly
in winter with dried blackberries. It was believed to frighten away
the cold, Densmore writes in her book.
Original Finger Food (All about berries; includes the recipe
for Dale's mouth-watering Strawberry-Rhubarb Slump.)
Fields Forever (Try Dale's recipe for a strawberry summer salad.)
Try icing some juniper tea, green tea, sassafras tea
or white pine bark tea for the kids. Sweeten with honey.
Time for Fall Foraging and Hunter's Moon Tea (Includes Dale's
recipe for Hunter's Moon Tea.)
Traditional Story of Picking Strawberries, Redheads and Love
(Includes Dale's recipe for strawberry leaf tea.)
Signature Scent (Includes a recipe for strawberry basil lemonade.)
3. Maple Water
something sweet, make a refreshing drink with organic maple syrup.
It is said that the original ice cream cone was simply maple syrup
poured over snow that was stuffed into a birch bark cone.
Maple Sap Is Worth Tasting the Sweet Nectar (Check out Dale's
Maple Apple Pudding recipe!)
Sticky, Sweet History of Making Maple Syrup (Includes Dale's
recipe for Maple Barbecue Sauce! Yum.)
Dale Carson, Abenaki, is the author of three books: New Native
American Cooking, Native New England Cooking and A Dreamcatcher
Book. She has written about and demonstrated Native cooking techniques
for more than 30 years. Dale has four grown children and lives with
her husband in Madison, Connecticut.