Before you reach for that lemonade on a hot summer day, or the sports drink after a morning run, consider how much sugar you’re most likely consuming with each of those choices. Just one 20-ounce lemonade contains the same amount of sugar as 15 chocolate sandwich cookies.
Sugar is hidden in many of the foods and beverages we enjoy every day. The average person consumes roughly 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. Almost half of these sugars come from beverages. The recommended daily limit of sugar is 6 teaspoons for women, 9 teaspoons for men, and no added sugars for children. So, what exactly is a better-for-you beverage option? Consider these ideas:
- Water or sparkling water
- Real fruit-infused water and teas
- Homemade fruit smoothie
- Plain milk
- Black, green or herbal tea
Also consider that the human body requires 1 liter of water every day. With zero calories and zero sugar, water is a great better-for-you beverage alternative. Try jazzing up your water with some of our easy recipes — toss fresh, frozen or canned fruits and veggies into a glass of water for a fun and fruity way to hydrate.
Effective May 2, Children’s Minnesota will eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages (beverages that are sweetened with added sugars or other caloric sweeteners) in our facilities. As a health care organization and a pediatric system that lives by our value to put “Kids first,” Children’s Minnesota wants to model healthier behavior to help make the better choice the easy choice for all who visit and work in our facilities. You’ll start to see differences in what we sell in our cafeterias, vending machines and coffee shops, including an expanded selection of better-for-you beverages.
View Children’s Minnesota’s official press release announcing the elimination of sugar-sweetened beverages.