Sugary Drink
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Sugary Drink

What's In Your Drink?

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

Did You Know? 

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  • Four grams of sugar equals approximately one teaspoon.
  • A 16 ounce bottle of soda contains 12 teaspoons of sugar.
  • The United States leads the world in sweetener consumption.
  • On average, children consume 50-70% more added sugars than recommended by guidelines.


Sources:
1
 American Dental Association, “Diet and Dental Health,” http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/diet-and-dental-health
2 American Heart Association, “Added Sugars,” http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Added-Sugars_UCM_305858_Article.jsp#.WEmPSPkrLcu
3 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.pdf
5 American Heart Association, "Added Sugars," http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Added-Sugars_UCM_305858_Article.jsp#
Department of Health and Human Services, "Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020," https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/resources/2015-2020_Dietary_Guidelines.pdf


Questions? Contact Delta Dental of Kansas' Community Benefit department at 316.462.3372 or corpcomm@deltadentalks.com.