The beverages you choose play a bigger impact on your health than you may think. Consuming large amounts of sugary beverages may increase your chances of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
Sugary beverages contain added sugar. Added sugars are considered “empty calories” because they have no nutritional value, yet they provide calories.
The American Heart Association recommends women limit their consumption of added sugars to less than 6 teaspoons a day. For men, they recommend limiting consumption of added sugar to less than 9 teaspoons a day. Added sugar consumption for children should be limited to no more than 4 teaspoons a day. Keep in mind that one teaspoon of granulated sugar equals 4 grams of sugar.
To put things in perspective, let’s take a look at how much sugar is in popular beverages.
- Soda (20 fl.oz.) – 65 grams of sugar or 16 teaspoons of sugar
- Sports Drink(24 fl.oz.) – 42 grams of sugar or 11 teaspoons of sugar
- 100% Orange Juice (15 fl.oz.) – 45 grams of sugar or 11 teaspoons of sugar
- 100% Apple Juice (15 fl.oz.) – 49 grams of sugar or 12 teaspoons of sugar