Rethink Your Drink

Rethink Your Drink

April 2023 – Rethink Your Drink

Sugary drinks are the leading source of added sugars in the American diet.  According to the CDC, frequently drinking sugary drinks is associated with weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, tooth decay and cavities, and gout, a type of arthritis.

Added Sugar

Next time you grab a drink, look at the nutrition label.  You may be shocked at the amount of added sugar your drink contains.  It is recommended we get less than 10% of our daily calories through added sugar.  Each gam of sugar is equivalent to 4 calories.

Energy Drinks

Use caution when drinking energy drinks, especially multiple in 1 day.  Large amounts of caffeine may cause serious heart and blood vessel problems such as heart rhythm disturbances and increases in heart rate and blood pressure.  A 16 oz. energy drink may contain 54 to 62 grams of added sugar. 

Drink Substitutions

  • The best choice is choosing water over sugary drinks
  • Lacking Flavor? Try infusing water to introduce different flavors (lemon, lime, berries, cucumbers, mint, etc.)
  • Need something besides water?  Reach for drinks containing important nutrients such as fat-free/low fat milk or 100% fruit juice (in moderation)
  • Drinking coffee? Try to skip flavored syrups or whipped cream and use a low fat or fat free milk

Individuals looking for more information, please reach out to the HealthWise Department at or 419-629-2220 ext. 12302

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