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How to Spot a Sugary Drink

What is a sugary beverage?
Regular soda, fruit drinks, sweetened teas, coffee drinks, energy drinks, sweetened milk or milk alternatives, or any other drink where sugar has been added are considered sugary beverages. Added sugar can take the form of any number of calorie-containing sweeteners which go by a variety of names: sucrose, glucose, dextrose, and perhaps the most famous of them all, high-fructose corn syrup.
soda can sugary coffee soda bottle    sports drink   Iced Tea can
 
Before you reach for a drink, take a second to read the nutrition fact label’s ingredient list.  If sugar is listed as one of the first three ingredients, or if it has more than 12 grams of sugar per 12 oz. serving, rethink your drink and go for a healthier option.
 
To avoid advertising that makes sugary beverages appear healthier than they really are, know the alternative names for sugar, listed below.  Limit or refrain from drinking beverages that list any of these ingredients.  If it's 100% fruit juice or milk, you won't find any of these words.

 

Limit drinking these beverages that list these ingredients:
 
High-fructose corn syrup​Raw sugar ​
Fruit-juice concentrate​
Molasses​
Corn sweetener​
Maple syrup​
Honey​
Cane sugar​
Brown sugar​
Sucrose​
Maltose​Dextrose​
 
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