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Rethink Your Drink!

Rethink Your Drink!

Did you know that drinking one can of soda a day can result in 30 pounds of sugar consumption over a year! With almost two-thirds of children in the United States consuming at least one sugary beverage on any given day -- and roughly 30% consumed two or more a day. Our children are exceeding the daily recommended intake of sugar.

What is a “sweetened beverage”?

Anything that contains added sugar or natural sugars:

  • Regular soda

  • Fruit drinks made with sugar

  • Lemonade

  • Sweet tea or flavored iced tea

  • Hot chocolate

  • Sports drinks

  • Juice Drinks

  • 100% Fruit Juice

  • Energy drinks

What’s the Problem?

“Sweetened beverages” like soda contain a lot of sugar and calories that do not provide nutrition. On the contrary, excess sugar consumption can lead to a variety of health issues. If you drink these beverages, it can lead to:

  • Weight gain

  • An increased risk for diabetes

  • Eating less than the recommended amount of vitamin A, calcium, and magnesium, an important mineral to overall health.

  • Other health problems like cavities

  • Weakened bones as caffeine and phosphorus, a common ingredients in soda, can lead to bone loss

  • Behavior issues due to caffeine, sugar, artificial colors, and blood sugar spikes and drops

How Much is Too Much?

Current US dietary guidelines recommend consuming less than 10% of our daily calories from added sugars and limiting or removing sugar-sweetened beverages from your diet. This translates into 25 grams (or 6 teaspoons) per day.

Type of Sweetened Beverage Amount of Sugar (in teaspoons)*

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