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post #121 of 185
We don't go out to eat very often, and when we do, I generally let the kids choose what they want to drink. They don't drink soda at home.
post #122 of 185
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Originally Posted by claddaghmom View Post
Then that must not be the kind i'm drinking. Or the mind really is stronger than the body. A red bull can have me puking and shaking in 30 minutes.
there are orange sodas that dont have caffeine.
post #123 of 185
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Originally Posted by mommy2maya View Post
Sunkist orange soda has more caffeine in it than a coke or pepsi.
plus it has red 40 dye in it, which affects me (and my kids) much worse than caffeine or HFCS (which orange soda also contains).

to answer the OP, yes my kids have the occasional small cup of Coke/Soda. When I had one, or even two LO's I would have probably said, "no, way!" but now that my kids are getting older (8,6,4) I feel okay about a root beer float or even a nasty Icee at the carnival (even though I would never eat one). I'm pretty confident that overall, my kids' diet is a lot healthier than the average American. A bit of soda here and there isn't going to negate all that.

ETA: artificial sweetener's are something we avoid like the plague. My mom drinks diet coke and there is no way in heck I would let my kids have a can of it. So I suppose it's all about which ingredients bother you more... of course, no soda at all is the healthiest route, but if they have any I want it dye-free and with no aspartame. Which reminds me, I saw a commercial last night for cherry Dr. Pepper and just the image of the red liquid being poured in a glass made me feel ill. Red 40 is beyond evil for my body.
post #124 of 185
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Originally Posted by *Aimee* View Post
We went to a family bbq and someone had decided to cover the strawberries in splenda and when I wouldn't let my kids have them everyone thought I was crazy....glad to know I'm not alone
Yeah, my DH's family does this too! But using sugar! They're plenty sweet enough on their own. I wish people would think about making the most by having nutrient dense foods! But, I too agree that an occasional treat isn't bad. I think that it's balance and moderation.

Our oldest had a sip once of DH's coke and she gaged and spit it out.

Honestly I don't care for sodas here. Something about the carbonation...doesn't feel good, makes me burp. I much prefer iced teas (unsweetened of course). The only one with a real 'favorable' reaction to an accidental sip of a soda was my first DS. He had a sip of Daddy's a year ago and liked it.

Which I don't know how I turned out so differently than how I was raised.

My family always had stuff like sodas, kool-aid, lunch meats, chips, corn curls, canned 'kids pastas' in the house...sigh.

Of course, someone is going to come here and tell me that the iced tea is horrible. I do make decaf at home, however when I go out--like at Chick-fil-a, I do have regular iced tea. I also LOVE coffee here too! Woops...
post #125 of 185
We're very much an "in moderation all things are OK" type of family. Well, probably not all things, but most common things.

So soda certainly isn't an everyday beverage for the kids (ages 9 and 6). But when we go out to drink they are allowed to choose soda, water, milk, lemonade, juice... Some places have better choices than others. And the fact that DS is lactose-intolerant also can limit choices on occassion. He generally picks lemonade and DD generally chooses root beer.

I do steer them away from caffeine options for my own sanity. And I also prefer they drink regular rather than diet. Sort of harm mitigation, I suppose.

I confess that I am a Dt. Coke addict, and I do keep it in the house for lunch packing. But the kids rarely see me drink it except in the same restaurant situations where they had a soda option as well.

There are a lot of eating out situations where there isn't necessarily a "good" choice. Even the water sometimes is questionable. I suppose we could not eat in places that don't have a perfect drink answer, but that just doesn't fit our life.

Their school serves OJ (real OJ, not artificial/fake) and milk for lunch and snacks and both kids drink OJ at school. Which is good because they don't drink a lot of milk and they need the calcium (its the fortified variety).
post #126 of 185
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Originally Posted by Drummer's Wife View Post
plus it has red 40 dye in it, which affects me (and my kids) much worse than caffeine or HFCS (which orange soda also contains).


ETA: artificial sweetener's are something we avoid like the plague. My mom drinks diet coke and there is no way in heck I would let my kids have a can of it. So I suppose it's all about which ingredients bother you more... of course, no soda at all is the healthiest route, but if they have any I want it dye-free and with no aspartame.

Yes and yes to those. I have a brother who will change before your eyes if he gets the fake sweeteners or the dye.

In fact, it's a family joke b/c he will sneak into a junk food and we'll know it lol.

The fake sugar scares the pants off me, but it's getting to the point where it is in EVERYTHING. UGH. And then I heard about mercury being in HFCS and that is just as scary IMO b/c it is definitely in EVERYTHING ha.

I told DH we need to start farming and eating our own food. He said the rain is tainted too lol we are a bit paranoid due to heavily researching foods this past month.
post #127 of 185
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Originally Posted by almadianna View Post
there are orange sodas that dont have caffeine.
Thank goodness. I thought so but I haven't actually bought several brands and compared. I had this sudden fear that it really was mind over matter haha.

I hate unknowingly eating foods/beverages w/ caffeine b/c sometime afterwards I'll get sick, shaky, a migraine etc and not knowing why it freaks me out. It takes a while until I realize why I feel sick, then I have to go back and think about what I ate.
post #128 of 185
I used to have a wicked addiction to Diet C*ke. I've managed to kick it, but yeah - my kids (the six year old anyway!) are allowed pop as a treat. If we're out to eat, or over the holidays. I don't keep it in the house, mainly because I can't keep my hands off of it! I'm really a big believer in moderation; there's no 'forbidden fruit' around here. Just things that are better/worse for you.
post #129 of 185
DS has had sips of different sodas, and he doesn't like most. Sometimes with grandpa he gets root beer, and we occasionally buy the "natural" root beer or cola to have at home but DS doesn't really ask for them. When we go out to eat, we usually order iced tea rather than soda, or DS sometimes asks for lemonade. He's just not into soda.
post #130 of 185
My kids have all had a few sips of different soft drinks on occasion. I don't worry about it. It's like a few times a year, and only just a small amount. I wouldn't buy it and have it in the house. I do keep a few cans of ginger ale in the house for upset tummies, but that's it. And if it started to become a regular thing, I'd say no, and make a point of bringing some juice when we went out. Mostly they have just had curious sips, anyway, and haven't liked it that much.

One time my mom let DD1 have a glass of Mountain Dew at a party where the only two choices were that and Diet Coke. I was like HUH, no other choices? Did they not have running water in the house? But really I wasn't so worried. DD1 was up half the night all wired, and cranky the next day, and now if you ask her she'll tell you "soda makes you grouchy."

I have also let them try coffee, and once gave DS a little finger-taste of red wine. I'd rather satisfy their curiosity about stuff like that than have them trying to sneak it when I'm not looking.
post #131 of 185
No. Dh & I order water or ice tea when we're out & the kids have the same. It's never in our house no matter the occasion.
post #132 of 185
My dd was allowed to have soda occasionally at parties or when we eat out but she still prefers juice.
post #133 of 185
When he's older he will have to option of soda every once and a while. I don't believe in total restriction from foods.

The man and I both drink Diet Pepsi. We have water and tea available but my caffeine comes in the form of soda since I don't like coffee.
post #134 of 185
He hasn't had any pop other than maybe a sip or two from one of our glasses. We don't really give juice all that often either. It's mostly water or milk for him. We usually don't have pop in our house unless we are having guests over so it doesn't come up that much yet. He's only two so it will be awhile before I let him have any but I don't mind it in moderation. When I was a kid my parents let us have some for special occassions (when we went out to eat mostly) and I'll probably do the same for him.

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Originally Posted by lilyka View Post
for those of you who want a yummy cheap hfcs free, less carbonated, natrually flavored soda I recommend Jarritos. delish. make no mistake, it has a ton of sugar, just not hfcs
I Jarritos. One of my favorites.
post #135 of 185
Haven't read the replies. My immediate response to the thread title is good god no! : Absolutely not.
We are actually pretty close to radical unschooling and there are plenty of things DD wants to do/eat that I'm really uncomfortable with but coca-cola is completely out of the question for a three year old.
post #136 of 185
Nope, never, ever in a million years. We are not pop drinkers. It is water or milk only.
post #137 of 185
While I wouldn't give my daughter a soda to chug back, we have let her try sips of our drinks and she hates soda. I don't see giving a little once in a while as a treat is a bad thing, but we're an "everything in moderation" type of family.

I was actually kind of thrilled to learn that the only things my daughter will drink are: water, milk, and lightly sweetened tea. She hates all juices, sodas, fruit drinks, etc.
post #138 of 185
My family wasn't big into soda growing up and I can barely handly the taste of it....though there was a phase in my life where I subbed Diet Coke for coffee thinking it would be better for me. But every time I have a soda I feel gross. DS only gets water and milk right now - he's never even had a sip of juice yet and I hope to keep him from most of those processed, artificial beverages as long as possible!
post #139 of 185
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Originally Posted by claddaghmom View Post
Then that must not be the kind i'm drinking. Or the mind really is stronger than the body. A red bull can have me puking and shaking in 30 minutes.
Not all orange sodas have caffeine. most don't. i had no idea sunkist did. good to know. i just bought a case for the kids to have as treats. poop.

some rootbeers also have caffeine. Culvers does, Barques (not sure of the spelling there) pretty much anything with the burn and zing have caffeine in them.
post #140 of 185
Some of the responses to this thread have really surprised me. As a kid we weren't really allowed any soda in the house and were allowed to order Water, Lemonade, or Sprite when we were out. I had a BAD Diet Coke phase when I was a young teen and then a Mountain Dew :Puke phase as a teen also.

Since I was about... 17 I stopped drinking soda. Something in it makes me really sick now. I like to have a Root Beer made with Cane Sugar and not HFCS from the health food store sometimes, or the JW Knudley Spritzers but no "pop" like coke, etc.

I've seen moms give their babies soda around here and it really bums me out to see

We've decided that there won't be any soda in our house and DS won't be allowed to have soda and we'll explain that it has dangerous chemicals in it when he's old enough to understand that.
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