Day 15 of the Healthy Steps No Added Sweetener Challenge

Two weeks down, one to go! You’re almost there!

Sweetened beverages are one of the major sources of added sweeteners in America. Did you know that, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (1), Americans drink about 45 gallons of sugar-sweetened beverages per year? Sugary drinks account for almost half of all added sugars consumed in the American diet. A typical 20-ounce bottle of soda contains nearly 15 teaspoons of sugar!! And many people switch away from sugar-sweetened beverages to beverages sweetened with non-caloric sweeteners, like diet soda. 

So what exactly should you drink if you’re trying to avoid added sweeteners? Here are some of our favorite ‘no added sweetener’ beverages:

A good goal is to consume at least 64 ounces of fluid per day (don’t count caffeinated or alcoholic beverages toward your fluid ounces). Try some of the above out if you’re getting bored and craving some of your old sweetened beverages again.

Keep up the great work!

Lindsay Pasdera, MS RDN

(1) https://cspinet.org/sites/default/files/attachment/CSPI%202017%20Facts%20on%20Sugar%20Drink%20Consumption.pdf

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