Most of us eat and drink too many added sugars, which can lead to significant health problems. Sugary drinks are the leading source of added sugars in the American diet. People who often drink sugary drinks are more likely to face health problems, such as weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney diseases, non-alcoholic liver disease, cavities, and gout, a type of arthritis. Limiting sugary drinks can help you maintain a healthy weight and have a healthy diet. Choose water (tap, bottled, or sparkling) over sugary drinks.
Tips to Rethink Your Drink:
–Need more flavor? Add berries or slices of lime, lemon, or cucumber to water.
–Missing fizzy drinks? Add a splash of 100% juice to plain sparkling water for a refreshing, low-calorie drink.
–Need help breaking the habit? Don’t stock up on sugary drinks. Instead, keep a jug or bottles of cold water in the fridge.
–Water just won’t do? Reach for drinks that contain important nutrients such as low fat or fat free milk, fortified milk alternatives, or 100% fruit or vegetable juice first.
–At the coffee shop? Skip the flavored syrups or whipped cream. Ask for a drink with low fat or fat free milk, a milk alternative such as soy or almond, or get back to basics with black coffee.
–At the store? Read the Nutrition Facts Label to choose drinks that are low in calories, added sugars, and saturated fat.
–On the go? Carry a reusable water bottle with you and refill it throughout the day.
–Still thirsty? Learn how to drink more water.
Remember that you can be a role model for your friends and family by choosing water and other healthy, low-calorie beverages.