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Sugar-sweetened beverages

Water: It’s the real thing

Skipping sugar-sweetened beverages

Q & A

A closer look

Often people do not realize they are consuming so much sugar because the sweetener goes by many different names. One hint — words ending in “ose,” such as sucrose, glucose and fructose are all sugars.

Because this is a juice drink people assume it is healthy. It does contain some juice, but most of the sugars are added, not natural. Learn to read between the lines. While the first ingredient is water, the next five are sugars, but the word “sugar” is listed only once.

One serving (one cup) of this fruit drink contains 120 calories and 31 grams or almost 8 teaspoons of sugar, exceeding the American Heart Association’s recommended daily limit of added sugars. One teaspoon of sugar has about 4 grams of sugar and 16 calories.

A closer look

Spot the added sugars

Stop. Rethink your drink.

Water — all dressed up

How much is too much?

Spot the added sugars

• Brown sugar

• Cane sugar

• Corn sweetener

• Corn syrup

• Evaporated cane juice

• Fruit juice concentrates

• High-fructose corn syrup

• Honey

• Maple syrup

• Molasses

• Raw sugar

• Syrup

How much is too much?

honeyThe body requires glucose to provide energy to do its job. We can get that sugar naturally from fruits, vegetables, milk and whole grains, which are full of nutrients. Added sugars, on the other hand, are sugars and syrups added to foods during preparation or at the table. These added sugars bring with them sweetness and calories, but lack nutrition. The American Heart Association recommends a daily limit of added sugars according to the information below.

Women’s daily limit
6 teaspoons = 100 Calories = 25 grams

Men’s daily limit
9 teaspoons = 150 Calories = 37.5 grams

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Water — all dressed up

Infused water is plain tap water flavored with fruits, vegetables or herbs, and is a healthy alternative for those who find the beverage bland.

Citrus Cucumber Water

1 large lemon, sliced
1 large orange, sliced
1 large cucumber, sliced
1 half gallon of water

Place all sliced fruits and vegetables in a pitcher and add water. Refrigerate and allow the water to “infuse” for at least two hours. Pour over ice and enjoy.

Source: Boston Medical Center Nutrition and Fitness for Life Program

Rethink your drink.

Go on Green

Infused water – a healthy alternative

Your kids are sweet enough already

Source: Boston Public Health Commission

Sugar-sweetened beverages
Taste so good, but are oh sooo bad

Vanessa Martin does not mince words. That’s understandable — it comes with the territory. Martin is a union president at Boston Medical Center and the mother of a 2-year-old boy. More

Water: It’s the real thing

Vivien Morris has one word for all those addicted to sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) — water.

As director of Community Initiatives Nutrition and Fitness for Life Program at Boston Medical Center, she said she understands people’s taste for sweet things. It starts very young. More

Skipping sugar-sweetened beverages

This summer, a national health study ranked Massachusetts fourth among states with the lowest rates of obesity. Zooming in more closely, though, the picture looks less rosy. More than half of Boston adults — and nearly 44 percent of Boston public school students — are overweight or obese, according to the Boston Public Health Commission. Black and Latino residents are almost twice as likely to struggle with obesity as white residents, and sugary drinks are part of the problem. More