Are you drinking your calories? Many people don’t realize how much sugar and calories are in drinks. Drinks can easily add up to 1,000 calories a day which can cause us to gain weight. Soda, sport drinks, sweet tea, and even fruit juices all have sugar.
One 20-ounce bottle of soda can add 240 calories and 13 teaspoons of sugar to your diet. Sports drinks, which are often marketed as healthy drinks, pack a lot of sugar with about 10 ½ teaspoons of sugar and 200 calories in a 32-ounce bottle. Fruit juices, even the 100% juice, have a lot of sugar. A 15.4-ounce bottle of Minute Maid orange juice has 9 teaspoons of sugar and 220 calories.
Check the nutrition label before you drink! Even if you think you are choosing a healthy drink, you may be surprised by the sugar and calories in your favorite beverages.
Here are some tips to help you make healthier drink choices:
Written By: Rebecca Honaker, MPH (April 30, 2014)
Reviewed and Edited By: April Agne, MPH (April 30, 2014)