As FRI is moving into keeping their employees healthy, there is also another important message to share: it’s time to rethink your drink! We know that many people, including kids, struggle with their weight and how to eat more healthfully. But did you know that cutting out sugar-sweetened drinks is an easy way to eliminate extra sugar and empty calories from your diet? Consuming too much sugar also directly contributes to weight problems in children and adults alike. In fact, many health professionals point to soft drinks, sodas, sports drinks, and juices as major sources of excess calories and weight gain, even among kids. And because you don't feel as full from drinking a beverage as you would from eating the same number of calories in a meal, you may take in more calories from the sugar before you feel full. Even 100 percent fruit juice has a lot of calories from sugar, so it’s best to drink only one serving a day of juice. Mostly, when you can, reach for water first! It’s your best no-calorie, healthy beverage choice all the time.
What can we do to keep us and the kids healthy and energetic year-round? Here are some recommended drinks:
And a few things to think about and tips to stay hydrated:
Check out this info graphic which shows the high amount of sugar found in common beverages.