Sack the Sugary Drinks!

Written by: Ericka Yiu, Dietetic Intern

Current U.S dietary guidelines recommend that less than 10% of our daily calories come from added sugar. For the average person following a 2,000 calorie diet, this would equal about 200 calories or 13 teaspoons of sugar per day, but most Americans consume double or even triple this amount! Majority of added sugars come from soft drinks, fruit drinks, sweetened coffee and tea, energy drinks, alcoholic beverages and flavored waters. 


Here are some ways to cut back on the sugary drinks and save some calories:

     Choose water most of the time!

     Choose low-fat or fat-free milk or 100% fruit or vegetable juice (within recommended amounts) instead of sugary drinks.

     Flavor water with fruits and herbs. Check out this link for tasty recipes:""


To learn more about how to reduce sugary beverage consumption for the whole family, call Becky at 808-589-5904 about our Way of Life Program! See Way of Life dates and description on our calendar: 

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