Sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, sports drinks and energy drinks are loaded with added sugar and empty calories. Since 2008, the Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
has partnered with various organizations throughout the Bay Area to raise awareness about the impact sugar-sweetened beverages have on health.
Get the Facts on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
- Sugar-sweetened beverages are a major source of added sugar in the diets of County residents.
- Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages contributes to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and tooth decay.
- The added sugar in many sugar-sweetened beverages often exceeds suggested daily limits. For example, a 20 ounce bottle of soda contains as much as 17 teaspoons of sugar! The American Heart Association recommends that children limit daily added sugar intake to 3 teaspoons, and that adult women and men limit daily intake to 6 teaspoons and 9 teaspoons, respectively.
- Drinking water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages decreases risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes. Click here to learn more about our efforts to increase water access through the Water to Go program.
What You Can Do
- Set a good example for your family, friends, students and coworkers by choosing or serving water instead of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Ask your childcare provider, schools, sports programs, and employers to provide healthier drink options (such as water or low-fat/non-fat milk) in cafeterias, vending machines, and at events and meetings.
- Reduce and limit servings of 100% fruit juice to 4 to 6 ounces per day for children.
- Read nutrition labels before purchasing beverages. Check for sugar content, artificial sweeteners and artificial flavors. Want to know how much sugar is in a drink? Learn how to calculate your sugar!
- Not excited about the taste of water? Infuse your water with fruit, vegetables, and herbs to add flavor.
- Click here to access additional resources that help decrease consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in homes, schools, worksites and more.