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check-your-3Drinking large amounts of sugar is one of the leading causes of obesity, especially in children. Sugar sweetened beverages like soda, fruit juices, energy drinks, and sweet teas are the one of the biggest problems because they are packed with sugar. Check out the facts and try some alternatives.

QUICK TIPS

WHERE IS SUGAR? Read the list of ingredients on the label. The closer sugar is to the top of the list, the more there is in that product!

CLEAN OUT YOUR FRIDGE! Get rid of sugary drinks at home to help you cut your habit. If they aren’t around, you won’t drink them as often!

WANT A SWEET DRINK? Try a slice of fruit in your water or sparkling water. Try adding fresh fruit or lime to a pitcher or water bottle!

YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO COLD TURKEY. Try cutting back a little at a time or mixing your juice with water to cut down on the sugar.

THIRSTY ON THE GO? Always keep a water bottle with you. Try adding fresh fruit or lime slices for flavor. This will quench your thirst AND save you money!

READ THE LABELS! How many servings are in what you drink? There may be more than you realize.

DON’T BE FOOLED KIDS! Colorful and funny ads for children’s drinks may not be as healthy as they seem. Check labels and look for added sugars.

WHAT’S IN A NAME? Added sweeteners are also called corn syrup, dextrose, and cane juice. Watch out when checking labels!

FACTS

STINKY BREATH? Sugar can lead to cavities, which are costly and painful, and can also cause bad breath.

Drinking one can of soda a day can lead to gaining 10 TO 15 POUNDS a year!

WATCH OUT KIDS! Just 1 sugary drink a day leads to a 55% higher risk of being obese. This can lead to asthma and high blood pressure.

DRINK HEALTHY FOR YOUR HEART! Sugary drinks increase your chance of heart disease, especially for women.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE? Drinking sugary beverages is a known risk factor for high blood pressure.

WATCH OUT KIDS! Just 1 sugary drink a day leads to a 55% higher risk of being obese. This can lead to asthma and high blood pressure.

ZERO BENEFIT! Sugary drinks are harmful because they contain LITTLE nutrition but LOTS of calories. 1 soda/day increases your risk for diseases like diabetes.

SPORTS DRINKS on a hot day aren’t as refreshing as they seem! They have LOTS of sugar, leading to weight gain.

Sugary drinks are among Americans’ TOP 10 sources of calories! Visit HERE to see the full list!