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Sugary Drinks - Less is Best

August 12, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

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When it comes to sugar in drinks, less is definitely best!

Sugary drinks are full of calories, don't fill you up and don't provide the necessary nutrients your body needs to perform at its best.

 Get the Facts on Sugary Drinks

  • It's better to eat your calories, than to drink them.  Choose healthy drinks.
  • Excess calories from all sources, including those from sugary drinks, can lead to weight gain.
  • Sipping on sugary drinks throughout the day can harm your teeth, leading to cavities and pain.

Choose water and milk instead of sugary drinks. Water is your best choice to satisfy thirst.

Learn From The Label

Pre-packaged foods are labelled with a Nutrition Facts table and an ingredient list. These features of the nutrition label contain important information about the nutritional content of food.

If you see any of these words on the ingredient list, it means sugar has been added: sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, beet sugar, sugar/glucose-fructose, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, maltose, sucrose, fruit juice concentrates, honey, molasses, maltodextrin, agave syrup, malt syrup, maple syrup and syrup.


Registered Dietitians are your most trusted source for nutrition information. You can call 8-1-1 or use email to speak with a HealthLink BC dietitian.

Here are some recommended websites to help you and your family make healthier choices:

The information on the Healthy Eating pages of the HealthyFamilies BC website is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace medical advice, diagnosis or treatment from a physician or other qualified healthcare professional.


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