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A jug of water best at meals, says expert

Calls have been made for families to remove smoothies and replace them with jugs of water for children to drink at meal times.

A leading academic has warned that youngsters should be given only water or milk with their meals and not receive sweet drinks containing high sugar levels that can lead to type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Professor Tom Sanders of London's Kings College, where he is head of diabetes and nutritional sciences, said they are fuelling a rise in the conditions.

Many parents, whilst aware of the risks from fizzy drinks, wrongly believe that fruit juice is acceptable for their children.

But Prof Sanders said: "We need to reintroduce the habit of people putting a jug of water on the table and drinking water with their food instead of some sort of fruity beverage."

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