According to the CDC, sugar-sweetened beverages are the number one source of added sugars in the American diet. Many commercial beverages contain well over the recommended daily amount of sugar in a single serving. According to the American Heart Association, excess sugar consumption increases the chance of developing chronic health conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
For this reason, the Skokie Health Department and NorthShore University HealthSystem are partnering to help you Rethink Your Drink. Making the switch from consuming sweetened drinks to water will dramatically decrease your overall sugar intake and lower your risk for developing many chronic diseases.
Visualizing Your Sugar Intake
When reading nutrition labels, it can be difficult to picture the amount of sugar you are actually consuming. Converting the sugar from grams to teaspoons allows for an estimate of sugar that is easier to picture.
Daily Sugar Intake Guidelines
The American Heart Association recommends the following daily limits for added sugar intake.
Compare these daily limits to the amount of sugar in some of the beverages listed.