Rethink Your Drink

Drinking water helps maintain the balance of body fluids, and getting enough water every day is important for your health. Healthy people meet their fluid needs by drinking water throughout the day.

What You Drink Is Just As Important As What You Eat.

Water is vital for your health and is the best option for keeping the body hydrated. Most sodas, energy, and sports drinks contain added sugar, increasing the amount of calories in your diet. Water hydrates your cells, making your whole body work better inside and out. What you drink is just as important as what you eat. Choose water, low fat(1%) or fat-free milk, 100% fruit juice (in limited amounts), 100% vegetable juice.

Sugar Has Many Names

Sugar can come in many different forms. If you know what to look for, you can limit the amount of sugar in your diet. Here are some other names for sugar you might see on a food label:

Barley Malt, Maple Syrup, High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Raw Sugar, Brown Sugar, Glucose, Honey, Powdered Sugar, Cane Juice, Fructose, Maltodextrin, Molasses, Corn Syrup, Dextrose, and Sucrose.

Spot The Sugar

Do you know how much sugar is in the drinks you have every day? Finding out is easy! Just check the Nutrition Facts label and look for the amount of sugar in one serving.

Grams of Sugar ÷ 4 = Teaspoons of Sugar

69 Grams of Sugar ÷ 4 = 17.25 Teaspoons of Sugar

Note: If the container has more than one serving, multiply the number of teaspoons by the number of servings to get the total teaspoons of sugar in the container. For example, 10 teaspoons x 2 servings = 20 total teaspoons.

Sugar May Surprise You

How much sugar is hiding in your favorite drink? This handy chart shows just how sweet those sugary drinks are, and how much activity it takes to burn off the extra calories.

Did you know that calories from sugary drinks add up fast? In fact, almost half of all sugar consumed in the United States comes from sugary drinks. To find your Beverage Breakdown, click the link below to learn how much added sugar you and your family drink every day.

What's Your Beverage Breakdown?

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