Nutrition Facts: Sugary Beverages

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Children and adults have more opportunities than ever before to choose sugary drinks wherever they go – at parks, workplaces, restaurants, corner stores and more.

Why the concern? Drinking beverages with added sugars is associated with weight gain, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, gout and tooth decay.

Examples of sugar-sweetened beverages include regular soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened waters, and coffee and tea beverages with added sugars.

What you should know

  • Children who drink higher amounts of sugary beverages are more likely to become overweight or obese.1
  • One 20 oz. bottle of soda contains 17 teaspoons of added sugar. The American Heart Association recommends that adults consume no more than five to nine teaspoons of added sugar per day.2

What you can do

  • Ask your school to limit sugar-sweetened drinks at events and ensure healthy options are available.
  • Ask restaurants to offer low-fat milk as part of kids’ meals.
  • Ask stores to create a healthy checkout area with no sugary drinks to tempt children.

Make smart choices

  • Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Carry a water bottle and refill it during the day.
  • Keep a jug or bottles of water in your fridge.
  • Add slices of lemon, lime or cucumber to your water or drink sparkling water.
  • Add a splash of 100 percent fruit juice to sparkling water.
  • Serve water or low-fat milk with meals.
  • Be a role model for family and friends by choosing healthy beverages.

Learn more

1Te Morenga, L, et al. Dietary sugars and body weight: Systematic review and meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials and cohort studies. British Medical Journal. 2013.346.

2Johnson, RK, et al. Dietary sugars intake and cardiovascular health a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2009. 120(11), 1011-1020.

Updated Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 10:06AM