Are you drinking your calories instead of eating them? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sugar sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugar and a major contributor of calories in the U.S. diet. A high consumption of sugar sweetened beverages has been associated with obesity as well as several other health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
We provided a work-site health fair this week to employees and demonstrated the amount of sugar found in some of the most popular sugary drinks. Employees were shocked to find out that they were consuming a lot more sugar than they predicted!
Calories from sugary drinks can add up very quickly! Follow these tips to eliminate “Empty Calories”:
- Read the Nutrition Facts Label for serving size and total calories
- Use a zero calorie sweetener in place of sugar
- Keep sugary drinks out of the house
- Use sugar free drink mixes or diet drinks
- Track your beverage intake for a day to determine how many calories you are ‘drinking’
Written by Nicole Chase, RD, LD