6 "toxic" beverages may be making your children ill, so think carefully before giving them.

Fruity flavors and tongue-staining hues draw kids to slushies. Consider not buying an icy treat, parents. Children under four should not drink ice drinks, say food safety experts. Two kids got sick after supping. Last month, 3-year-old Angus fell unconscious after drinking his first raspberry slushy. 

Medical professionals told his terrified mother Victoria Anderson, 29, from Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, that the drink produced glycerol intoxication. Glycerol (E422) keeps crushed ice drinks from freezing. While glycerol is generally safe, eating too much too rapidly can harm young children. 

Albie Pegg, 4, of Nuneaton, Warwicks, battled to breathe after drinking a strawberry slushy last year. He survived after doctors told his frightened mother, Beth Green, 25, that he would die from “glycerol intolerance”. Despite these severe examples, high glycerol levels can produce toddler headaches, vomiting, fainting, and shock. 

Adam Hardgrave, head of additives at the Food Standards Agency, advises parents against glycerol poisoning, which may be underreported because parents attribute nausea and headaches to other causes. Do your kids' favorite drinks contain nasties? 

Parents should avoid these treats, which dietitian Amanda Ursell grades “toxicity” out of five. Avoid milkshakes due to sugar overload. While youngsters love milkshakes, they usually have a sugary secret. 

Action On Sugar found “shocking” sugar levels in milkshakes sold by many High Street restaurants and fast-food chains in 2018. According to Five Guys' menu, its vanilla milkshake base comprises 69g of sugar, or 16 teaspoons. 

McDonald's 77g vanilla milkshakes are enormous. It's tempting to think shakes provide kids calcium from milk, but the sugar added to make them taste better is dangerous. Sugary weight gain increases type 2 diabetes risk. For natural sweetness, milk is nice alone or with bananas.  

Fizzy fruit has sodium benzoate as a drawback. Kids enjoy effervescent fruit drinks, but beware. Sodium benzoate is in some pops. This decades-old berry preservative is used in large concentrations to prevent mold in soft drinks. Sheffield University researchers think it turns off crucial DNA sections, damaging cells. Cirrhosis and Parkinson's can result from this condition. 

Some students bring bottle Ribena to school. Aspartame is in many sugar-free drinks, so exercise caution. For decades, aspartame has been controversial. A mid-1990s study linked high doses to brain tumours, cancer, lymphomas, and leukemia. The WHO found “limited evidence” of cancer-causing effects earlier this year. 

The NHS believes aspartame is bad for patients with phenylketonuria, a genetic disease that slows amino acid breakdown, and some researchers still dislike it. Though rare, untreated it can damage the brain. Drawbacks of Prime Energy: excessive caffeine. YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul market colorful Prime Energy cans to kids. 

Parental vigilance is suggested because the popular liquid contains 140mg of caffeine per 330ml cup. This is four 330ml Coca Colas or two 250ml Red Bulls. The US Cleveland Clinic says no caffeine is “safe” for children under 12. Caffeine can cause headaches, sleeplessness, lethargy, irritability, and stomach issues in children. 

Cola  The bad—phosphoric acid. Your kids will demand for Coke more around the holidays, but resist. Coke and other soft drinks contain phosphoric acid. Preserves by creating 2.5pH acid levels over pure lime juice. This damages enamel, which dissolves in mild acidity. Regular acidic soft drink consumption exposes tooth enamel to cavity-causing bacteria. As babies develop strong teeth, avoid acidic and sugary liquids that can ruin their smile. 

Slushies Glycerol—the villain. Nagging causes massive stress. Iced slushies aren't for under-4s, so resist. Food Standards Agency advises against giving under-10s free slushy refills to prevent overconsumption. The "slush" effect comes from glycerol instead of sugar. The beverage industry is directed to use the least quantity of glycerol, but a 350ml drink can include 17,500mg, exceeding four-year-old restrictions. 

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