This is the first time AAP has recommended taxes on sugary drinks. „Sugary drinks are a mainstay in many children’s diets. They are inexpensive, easy to find, heavily marketed, and taste sweet, so children like them,” said Dr. Natalie Muth, a practicing pediatrician and registered dietitian in Carlsbad, California, who was lead author of the policy statement. “At the same time, pediatricians are diagnosing type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and high cholesterol in our young patients. These are health problems that we rarely saw in children in the past. These are health problems associated with high sugar intake,” she added.
Recommendation is instead to include healthy beverages, like milk and water, the default on children’s menus. America’s beverage companies believe however there’s a better way to help reduce the amount of sugar consumers. “We are supporting parents who want less sugar in their kids’ diets by creating more drinks than ever before with less or no sugar, as well as smaller portion sizes, and by backing efforts to make water, milk or 100 percent juice the default beverages restaurants serve with children’s meals,” they say.