When I was young, health drinks like horlicks, nutramul, complan, etc. had gained a strong foot-hold in every house due to excessive marketing. Parents were promised instant geniuses, instant height-gain and instant everything. Parents too religiously believed in those exaggerated claims and made (read: forced) children to drink them daily.
I didn’t have anything against health drinks, per se. I mean, they are definitely healthier than things like aerated soft-drinks that we used to drink those days, or alcohol that many elders drink these days.
But for some reason, I hated the taste of these beverages. As a result, I never drank them hot. I used to wait until they became lukewarm and then after a few scoldings, drunk it unwillingly. More over, a semi-solid layer forms on the top of the liquid (due to my delay) and it tasted even worser. Aaaaaaaahhhhh! I remember that yucky taste even now.
What I think now is, why not give something that is more acceptable (and more tasty) for kids, so that they would willingly drink? It’s not that all the strength in the world is contained only in health-drinks, right?
Why not give things like fresh fruit juices, milk shakes, badam/rose milk, tender coconut, soup, etc. that are healthy, more tasty & acceptable for kids? It makes me think – Are elders equally vulnerable (as kids) to ‘advertisements’ and ‘marketing campaigns’?