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Health Tip: Opt for Alternatives to Soda

And save on calories and sugar

(HealthDay News) -- Soda lovers should seek healthier alternatives to save on calories and sugar.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest mentions these substitutions:

  • Water should be the primary drink offered with snacks for children. It's calorie-free and sugar-free, and keeps kids hydrated.
  • Carbonated seltzer water also makes a nice alternative. Kids are sure to like it mixed with 100 percent fruit juice.
  • Low-fat or fat-free milk includes calcium, but stick to plain and avoid chocolate- and strawberry-flavored milks, which are higher in sugar.
  • Consider soy or rice-based milk alternatives.
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