littlelj wrote:In our supermarket there are about ninety different sorts of fruit squash (cordial). Only five are not "low-sugar" or "no added sugar". Of those three, only two have no artificial sweeteners. Most parents I know genuinely think the "no added sugar" varieties are a million times better for their children than the sugar versions.
Seriously, I can't imagine a diet where the 15 kcal difference between a glass of sugar-only squash and a glass of sweetener-only squash matters. That's like weighing your lentils in micrograms. And if you'd rather put chemicals* in your child than natural** sugar then ... gah.
The amounts of chemicals in a glass of squash are really quite small. The sugar levels are sufficiently high to have a noticeable effect on behaviour, increase risk of tooth decay, and be significant if diabetic. Calorific value is quite unimportant.
Obviously, teaching them to like water is better...