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Back to school health hack: why swopping juice for low-sugar tea, will benefit your children

Parents looking for low-sugar, antioxidant-rich beverages for their children will find that herbal tisanes meet legitimate demand. Picture supplied

She says plain herbal tea might not be appetising to certain children who are used to a sweeter flavour profile, but sweetening it with the preferred fruit juice is a perfect substitute for 100% juices or juice-and-water mixtures.

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In this method, the sugar is reduced yet the antioxidants are preserved. Teenagers who enjoy experimenting can start with tisanes as a basis and then add natural sweeteners, fruit, herbs, and spices to taste.

Eight out of 10 parents claim that their decision about a product is influenced by how it will impact the health and well-being of their child, according to a global consumer survey done by Global Data.

“While a sweet beverage once in a while is acceptable, it shouldn’t be the norm, especially given South Africa’s high obesity rates among adults and children alike.”

According to the SA National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, children of 6 to 14 years old, had a combined prevalence of overweight and obesity of 13.5%, which is greater than the 10% prevalence among schoolchildren worldwide.

Frequent intake of carbonated and sports drinks raises children’s risk of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and tooth decay in addition to obesity.

“Children need to be guided toward more balanced options for their overall health,” Vorster said.

She says the use of functional ingredients — foods that provide health advantages in addition to their nutritional value – will be crucial for fostering innovation in the kids’ market. “Herbal infusions also offer health benefits that create product differentiation.”

Scientists believe that Rooibos is a rich source of polyphenols because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities, which provide a wide range of health advantages. From the root to the fruit, polyphenols are a superfamily of different chemicals contained in plants. These chemicals are notably abundant in Rooibos.

It has been proven that consuming Rooibos regularly can increase immunity, lower cholesterol and heart disease risk, and fight inflammation, which is the main cause of cancer. Rooibos is beneficial for the brain, helpful at regulating blood sugar, calming digestion and allergies, reducing stress and anxiety, and all of these things.

Rooibos is popular with kids on its own and it is naturally sweet, so adding additional sweeteners is rarely necessary, which promotes good health.

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