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Sugary Drinks

What are Sugary Drinks?

Sugary drinks are beverages that have sugar or sugar syrups added to them. Examples include energy drinks, fruit drinks, pop, sports drinks, slushes, specialty coffee and tea drinks, and vitamin-enhanced waters.
Why the Concern about Sugary Drinks?

What we drink also has a major impact on our health. Child health experts believe, and evidence supports, that reducing the consumption of sugary drinks (that is, drinks that contain added sugars) is a key strategy in curbing the rising rates of childhood obesity.1,2,3
What are healthy drink choices?

Healthy drink choices include plain milk, unsweetened fortified soy beverages and water. Healthy drinks do important jobs for children’s growing bodies, like providing hydration or supplying nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Healthy drinks provide these benefits without giving children too much sugar.

Sugary drinks add calories we don't need.

Most sugary drinks provide little or no nutrition and take the place of healthier choices like water and milk.
It's better to eat calories,
than to drink them.

Excess calories from all sources, including sugary drinks can lead to weight gain. Excess body weight can increase the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Water is the best choice to satisfy thirst.

Drinking water is a calorie and sugar free way to keep hydrated. Good hydration helps us feel energetic and alert.

- HealthyFamilies BC website, August 2013

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