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Stay Hydrated this summer!

Sticky note saying Drink more Water

As we are in the midst of summer- Hydration is key.

We want to ensure you are staying hydrated with water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. Sugar-sweetened beverages contain added sugar, water, calories, and sometimes caffeine (or other food additives). Major sources of added sugar in the American diet are sugar-sweetened beverages, including soda, energy drinks, fruit drinks, and sports drinks. People who often drink sugary drinks are more likely to face health problems, such as weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cavities, and gout, a type of arthritis.

The next time you go grocery shopping, read the nutrition labels on the items in your cart to see which ones have the most added sugars. You may be surprised to see the amount of added sugars in some drinks. The flavored coffees we grab on the way to work and sweet drinks we order when eating out also count as sugary drinks. Adding sugar and flavored creamer to coffee and tea at home counts, too.

Choose Water

Choose tap or unsweetened, bottled, or sparkling water over sugary drinks.

Water Bottle on the Beach

Need More Flavor?

Add berries or slices of lime, lemon, or cucumber to the water.

Jars of Water with Lemon

Missing Fizzy Drinks?

Choose flavored sparkling water. You can also add a splash of 100% juice to plain sparkling water for a refreshing, low-calorie drink.

Sparkling Water with Lime

Need Help Breaking the Habit?

Don’t stock up on sugary drinks. Instead, keep a jug or bottles of cold water in the fridge.

Filling a Glass of Water from the Fridge

At the Coffee Shop?

Skip the flavored syrups or whipped cream. Ask for a drink with low-fat or fat-free milk, and unsweetened milk alternatives such as soy or almond, or get back to basics with black coffee.

Getting a Coffee from the Coffee Shop

On the Go?

Carry a reusable water bottle with you and refill it throughout the day.

Bring your water bottle on the go

Unsweetened Tea

Many tea flavors are available in naturally caffeinated varieties that can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Unsweetened Tea

Curious how much sugar your favorite beverage has?

Click on this link to see a list of thousands of drinks and their food labels!

– Krupa Patel, MPA, RD/LDN Registered Dietitian


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