The Ministry of Education and the John Tung Foundation recently sponsored a two-week camp for underweight and overweight children from grades three through six. Nutritionists taught the students about sugar and grease content in a variety of foods, and generally helped them to see that regardless of our ages, we all make choices on what we put into our mouths, and when we put it there.
One of the lessons the children reportedly learned at the special camp relates to sugar content in drinks.
In general counseling with students who suffer from acne or weight problems, I often ask about drink consumption. A number of even bright students do not realize that soft drinks are more or less liquid sugar. These students are often less than fully aware that many popular (and hefty) "tea" or "coffee" drinks may be laced with unhealthy agents to promote flavor. We need to remember too that not all fruit juices are created equal. Some purported juices are filled with additives that offer color and calories, but nothing of health value. Any piece of fresh fruit is a wiser health choice than a fruit drink that comes in a paper or plastic container, and drinking plain tea or water is a much healthier way to quench one's thirst.