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Now that you know how much difference a drink can make, here are some ways to make smart beverage choices:
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Most people have no idea. It is easy to find out by checking the Nutrition Facts label. Four grams of sugar is equal to one teaspoon. Be sure to check the number of servings. One container is often more than one serving. About half of adults and two-thirds of children consume sugary drinks on a given day, and the number of calories consumed per day by those who are actually drinking sugary drinks is nearly 350 calories or more. A soda here, a sports drink there. It may not seem like a lot, but when you add up the amount of sugar you drink in a day, the results may shock you. There is an extreme amount of sugar in drinks like soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, and juice boxes. To discover how much sugar you're drinking each day use the Oklahoma State Department of Health's How Much Sugar Are You Drinking Calculator. Check out Choose health. Drink water for some common beverages, the amount of sugar added to each and how many minutes of brisk walking it would take to burn off the drink.
Added sugar increases calories, but offers no nutritional benefit. The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of added sugar you consume to no more than half of your daily discretionary calories. For the average American, this is about 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day for women, 9 teaspoons of added sugar for men, and 3 or fewer teaspoons of added sugar per day for children. For more information on added sugars, please visit the American Heart Association for more information.
What you drink is just as important as what you eat. Choose healthy drinks and make an important step toward good health.