The Not so Sweet Facts on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

May 24, 2016

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The Not so Sweet Facts on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
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What You Can Do to Switch to Healthier Options!

A sugar sweetened beverage refers to any beverage that contains any added sugar in them. This includes but is not limited to: sodas, juices, sports drinks, and energy drinks.  These beverages not only contain a lot of sugar in them, but they contain added calories too that can result in weight gain.

Did you know that sugar-sweetened beverages, such as sodas, are the primary source of added sugars in the American diet? A 20-ounce bottle of soda contains almost 16 teaspoons of sugar! The new 2015 Dietary Guidelines say that less than 10% of added sugars should be included in your diet. So having a couple sodas a day can make you go over your daily limit! Not only that, but there is evidence that suggests sugar-sweetened beverages can cause obesity, heart disease, and arthritis.

Many people love the taste and feel they get from soda, and other sugar-sweetened beverages, which is why it can be hard to quit.

Here are some tips on how you can kick the can and start lowering your added sugar intake:

1. Cut up some citrus fruits and add to water to make it flavorful!

2. If you like soda for the bubbly sensation, try flavored waters instead! They have zero calories and you get the same bubbly sensation as soda.

3. Dilute your juice! You will still have the flavor of the juice, but you will be consuming less calories and sugars.

4. If you drink sugar-sweetened beverages for the caffeine, try switching to unsweetened tea and add lemon or mint to add additional flavor.

Making these simple changes will help lower your sugar intake, and you may find that you like these other options better anyways. By weaning yourself slowly and lowering your added sugar intake you might be able to see and feel the difference!
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