Getting enough water every day is important for our health. Many of us are consuming too many calories and added sugars from sugar-sweetened beverages and may not be aware of the amount of sugar in some of the most popular drinks like sodas, sports drinks, teas, and fruit juices. These types of drinks are often high in calories and low in nutrition.
What happens when we drink too many sugary drinks?
Drinking just one soda per day equals 55 pounds of sugar per year! Consuming too much sugar can lead to excessive weight gain, heart disease, tooth decay, fatty liver, and type 2 diabetes. Water is so important for our health and helps our body stay at a healthy temperature, lubricates our joints, protects our spine, and helps our body get rid of waste.
How much sugar is too much in my drink?
Aim for ZERO sugar in your drinks! Water is always the best choice. The maximum amount of added sugar per day is 25 grams or 6 teaspoons. Here are some popular drinks and how much sugar they have:
What about artificial sweeteners?
Sometimes you will find drinks with sugar substitutes. While these don’t have sugar, they still don’t have much nutritional benefit. There isn’t enough research to know the long-term effects of these either. It’s truly the best option to stick with water.
Tips to Avoid Sugary Drinks:
- Start young – children should stick to water and milk.
- Stay hydrated with water. Aim for 6-8 cups per day.
- Add fun flavors. Add fruit and herbs to water or freeze fruit in ice trays and add to water.
- Get a reusable water bottle that you can always keep around.
- Read the label to see if there is sugar in the drink.
- Limit juice intake, including 100% fruit juice.
- Skip the sports drink. Most of the time water is plenty to rehydrate after physical activity.