Rethink Your Drink!

by Katy Bowen, MS, RDN, LD
Director Community Outreach, CHEF

Did you know the average 12 ounce can of soda contains 140 calories? These are considered “empty calories” meaning that they do not provide any nutritional value. Consuming too many empty calories can lead to weight gain and eventually obesity. Since obesity is linked to Diabetes, Heart Disease, and even certain cancers, maintaining a normal weight is extremely important. Finding alternatives to sugary beverages is a great way to improve your health!

Alternatives to soda:

  • Water
  • Low-fat or fat free milk
  • Infused water
    • Add a splash of juice to your water
    • Infuse water with fresh herbs, fruits, and veggies

Check the label!

Starting in 2018, added sugar will be required on all food and drink labels! In the meantime, you can check the ingredients list for the following ingredients to see if sugar has been added to your drink:

  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Sucrose (Table sugar)
  • Fruit juice concentrates
  • Corn Syrup
  • Honey
  • Syrup

For refreshing, better-for-you drink options, try our Strawberry Lemonade with Chia Seeds and our Cucumber Mint Infusion.