Soft drinks, sports drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks, coffee drinks. The list of sweet beverages is endless. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest contributor of added sugar intake at 36%, and there is strong evidence linking them to weight gain and disease. One 20-oz. bottle of soda contains up to 16 teaspoons of added sugar, which is close to double the recommended daily limit on sugar. See how much sugar is in your favorite beverage (hint: either options to convert to teaspoons — count the number of sugar cubes, divide the calories from sugar by 16, or divide grams of sugar by 4).
We hope you will use this challenge to rethink your drink and make every sip count to consume only healthy beverages. So, what beverages are defined as healthy?
- Tap water
- Sparkling water (if you prefer a little flavor, add a twist of lime or orange)
- Unflavored, nonfat or 1% milk, or unflavored, unsweetened dairy-free alternatives (almond, rice or soy milks)
- Unsweetened tea and coffee (a little milk is ok)
- 4-6 ounce serving of 100% fruit or vegetable juice per day (although it is better to eat vegetables or fruit whole)
See Health*Matters Resources to learn more about sugar in the food and beverages you consume.