Sep 16, 2020 7:00 AM

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Limit Sugary Drinks

Welcome to tips for living a healthier life: the Healthy for Good Program (HFG). This week's tip (#5) is to Eat Smart.

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Replace Sugary Beverages with Better Choices

Sugary Beverages

Sugar-sweetened beverages like soda and energy/sports drinks are the #1 source of added sugars in our diet. Use these simple tips to replace sweetened drinks to cut back on added sugars and empty calories:

Start cutting back:

  • Replace most of your drinks with water.
  • Reduce the amount of sugar in your coffee or tea gradually until your taste adjusts to less sweeteners.
  • Add plain or sparkling water to drinks to keep some flavor with less added sugars per serving.

Choose water:

  • Carry a refillable water bottle.
  • Add a splash of 100% fruit juice or slices of citrus, berries and even cucumbers for a boost of flavor.
  • Try seltzer, club soda or sparkling water if you crave the fizz.

Make it at home:

  • Drinks such as hot chocolate, lemonade, smoothies, and coffee drinks can easily be made at home with less added sugars.
  • Start with unsweetened beverages, then flavor to taste with additions like fruit, low-fat or fat-free milk, and herbs and spices.

Remember, read the label and choose wisely. Some drinks that appear to be healthy may be high in calories and added sugars. Check servings per container and the ingredients list. Added sugars go by many names, including sucrose, glucose, maltose, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, cane syrup, concentrated fruit juice, agave nectar and honey.

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