What you drink has a bigger impact on your health than you think. Drinks like soda, sports drinks, and energy drinks are loaded with sugar and empty calories.
Sugar drinks, also called sugar-sweetened beverages, are the largest source of added sugars in the diets of youth. Sugar drinks are high in calories—and consuming too many calories leads to obesity.
Sugar drinks are those to which sweeteners with calories have been added. High-fructose corn syrup, sucrose (table sugar), and other sweeteners add calories to these types of drinks, without adding any nutrients.
Some common sugar drinks are:
Did you know?
Adolescent males consume, on average, around 300 calories from sugar drinks each day. That means over 100,000 calories are just from these beverages each year.
- Soft drinks, soda or pop
- Fruit drinks, punches
- Sports drinks and energy drinks
- Sweetened tea and coffee drinks
- There are 16-18 teaspoons of sugar in a 20 oz. soda.
- Drinking sports and energy drinks can lead to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
- Drinking one soda a day can equal an extra 25 pounds of weight per year.
- Sugar-loaded beverages are the single major source of added sugar consumed by the average American.
Tips to make healthy beverage choices:
- Quench your thirst with water -- the hydrating, zero-calorie beverage!
- Drink 100% juice without added sugar – fruit juice is sweet and tastes great on its own!
- Make water exciting! Add a slice of lemon, lime, cucumber or watermelon, or try sparkling water.
- Carry a water bottle with you and re-fill it throughout the day.