Sugary Drinks are drinks containing added sugar (excludes sugars that occur naturally like in 100% fruit juice, plain milk, etc.) such as soda, sports drinks, sweetened iced tea, sweetened coffee, fruit drinks, energy drinks, flavored water and flavored milk. These sugar-filled drinks are the number one contributor to tooth decay - the most common chronic childhood disease.1
NOTE: Daily sugar intake limits shown reflect general guidelines and not personal health needs. See your physician to have your dietary needs evaluated.
Juice Drink Box (6.75oz)25g of sugar =
Soda (16oz)52g of sugar =
Energy Drink (16oz)27g of sugar =
Sports Drink (20oz)34g of sugar =
Water0g of sugar =
*Figures are approximate. Check the label of your drink for specific information.
After consuming sugary drinks, the mouth and teeth are coated with sugar. Bacteria in the mouth then feed on sugar, producing an acid that can cause cavities.4 In addition to harming your teeth, the added sugars lack nutrients and add calories to your diet, which can negatively affect your overall health.5
1. ADD JUICE TO WATER
Add a splash of 100% fruit juice to your water for flavor! You can also freeze 100% fruit juice into cubes to add to your water.
2. EAT THE FRUIT
Instead of drinking the fruit juice, eat the actual fruit! The whole fruit gives you more dietary fiber and less sugar6 with the added benefit of making you feel more full.
3. INFUSE YOUR DRINK
This easy and effective way to reduce added sugar consumption also adds flavor to your water and can be done with ingredients you may already have! It's simple:
Select your fruit of choice - popular fruits to use are oranges, apples, blueberries, lemons, limes and strawberries.
Cut the fruit into small slices - fruits such as blueberries and raspberries do not need to be cut to release flavor. Remember to wash the outside of the fruit thoroughly if you keep the skin on.
Add the cut slices into your container (water bottle, pitcher, cup, etc.) and fill the container with water and ice - let it sit so the flavor infuses into the water.
Download and print the "What's In Your Drink?" informational flyers to learn more about sugary drinks and tips to drink less sugar:
Watch and share these sugary drink videos:
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Check out Delta Dental's Kids Wellness Program to motivate kids to make good oral health decisions like brushing and flossing their teeth everyday, choosing drinks and food with less sugar, wearing their mouthguard while playing sports and more:
Click here to visit our Kids Wellness page to download fun activity flyers
Sources:1 American Dental Association, “Diet and Dental Health,” http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/diet-and-dental-health2 American Heart Association, “Added Sugars,” http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Added-Sugars_UCM_305858_Article.jsp#.WEmPSPkrLcu3 American Heart Association, “Kids and added sugars: How much is too much?,” http://news.heart.org/kids-and-added-sugars-how-much-is-too-much/4 Sugary Drink FACTS, “Tips for Choosing a Healthy Drink,” http://www.sugarydrinkfacts.org/resources/nutrition/Choosing-a-healthy-drink.pdf5 American Heart Association, "Added Sugars," http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Added-Sugars_UCM_305858_Article.jsp#6 Department of Health and Human Services, "Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020," https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/resources/2015-2020_Dietary_Guidelines.pdf
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