Capri Sun, healthy or misleading?

Capri-Sun Multivitamin. No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Sounds pretty healthy doesn’t it? They got me a bit I must admit. I’m pretty much a health freak (I start to scare people when I come over to their house because they assume I only eat salads. I don’t; I eat meat and drink wine. Please invite me). And I read labels most of the time.


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I knew it must have a bit of sugar in it. But the text on the front just made me feel I was doing something sort of ok to give to my girls as a treat every now and then. So much for me telling people to please read the back of the pack and not fall for the promising claims on the front, right?

Yesterday Coca Cola’s Capri-Sun won a prize for the most misleading food product of 2014 in the Netherlands. Because a 200 ml pack of the fruit drink with added multivitamins contains 19 grams of sugar. I don’t want to feed my kids 19 grams of sugar in one drink!

4 reasons why consuming a lot of sugar is bad for us:

1. it causes tooth decay
2. it is the number one reason for weight gain and obesity
3. it wreaks havoc on our immune system
4. because of the spikes and dips in energy after eating sugar, it makes you tired and it gets hard to focus. Some kids get hyperactive after eating sugar.


So no more Capri-Sun for us. If I’ll give them lemonade we can make our own (they love that) or buy an organic version with just honest ingredients. And sugar, yes, but you can always add more water to dilute it down further.

Still, water is the best drink to stay hydrated. Not strange given the fact our bodies consist of approximately 70% water. So it does make sense.

Some people think water is boring, or tasteless. Or it takes some getting used to if you’re used to drinking sweetened drinks most of the time.

Three tips you can do with water to make it more fun to drink:

  1. make a herbal tea. There are great herbal teas at whole foods stores, even teas just for kids, with pure ingredients that they love to drink because they have their own tea. Or you could make a strong pot of rooibos tea, chill it down and serve it with ice cubes and slices of lemon or sprigs of mint.
  2. make tasty water. Add fruit or herbs to a jug of water. For example blackberries, raspberries, slices of lemon, orange or cucumber. A cinnamon stick or sprigs of mint add a nice taste as well.
  3. get some bubbly water and add a splash of fresh orange juice or lemon juice. Or add the same as above. A fizzy drink is an exiting treat for lots of children.


Photo courtesy Flickr/Paul Goyette

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