Cutting Back on Sugary Drinks

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Studies suggest we are born with a natural sweet tooth. For example, research shows that newborns respond more to sweet tastes than other flavors. How much we like sweet foods, of course, varies from person to person and is influenced to some extent by inherited traits, but it is safe to say most of us enjoy sweet flavors.

The 2015 Scientific report of the Dietary Guidelines stated that the research shows strong and consistent evidence that intake of added sugars from food and/or sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with excess body weight in children and adults. The reduction of added sugars and sugar-sweetened beverages in the diet reduces body mass index (BMI) in both children and adults.

Sugars are in fact simple carbohydrates. Sugars, like most carbohydrates, contain 4 calories per gram.

How do you determine how many teaspoons are in product based off of the label? To determine how many teaspoons of sugar are in a food, you can use the grams of total sugar and then divide by 4. This will provide teaspoons of sugar in the food.

When “Rethinking Our Drink”, we should choose water as our #1 Go to beverage. In order to maintain our hydration, it is recommended that every day, we should drink about six to eight 8 ounce glasses of water or other beverages. Try to choose decaffeinated beverages over caffeinated ones. We need to replenish water throughout the day because adults lose water through perspiration, urination, bowel movements, and breathing. During hot, humid weather or strenuous activity, fluid loss may be much higher, therefore intake of fluids should be higher as well. You can always enhance the flavor of your water by infusing it with fresh fruit.

Our #2 Go to beverage would be Milk. Milk is an excellent beverage choice because it supplies essential nutrients such as: calcium, vitamin A, vitamin D, and protein. Calcium and vitamin D are very important in bone health. Vitamin A promotes the growth and health of cells in the body and protein helps repair the body and build muscles. To meet your calcium needs, 3 cups a day for those over 9 years of age, there are several kinds of milk. The fat content of milk can be varied from the highest fat content being whole, ranging down to 2%, 1% and skim having no fat. The nutrient content remains the same.

Finally, 100% Fruit juice is always a good treat. Be aware, however, if you are watching your caloric intake, that juices have calories and some have added sugars. Perhaps you may want to limit juice to once a day. Children should be limited to ¾ cup or less of juice daily.

Sodas, sweet tea, and coffees are always a nice treat, however, because of the high sugar content of soda’s, these sweetened beverages should be limited.

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