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Choosing Healthy Beverages

Watch our new sugary drink campaign video, The Sour Side of Sweet, which illustrates the health impact of sugary drinks.

Sugary Drinks

Sugary drinks can lead to long-term weight gain, which can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. They can also lead to tooth decay.

People may not realize how easy it is to consume high amounts of calories by drinking sugary sodas, juice drinks, sport drinks and sweetened tea and coffee drinks. Just one 20-ounce bottle of soda can pack over 70 grams of added sugar -- that’s more than 250 calories of poor nutrient value.

For a healthier New York, don’t drink sugary drinks and avoid giving them to children.

Tips to avoid sugary drinks:

  1. Drink plenty of water. Try NYC's own high quality water (PDF) and save both money and calories. Add lemon or lime to water or seltzer for a hint of flavor.
  2. Switch from drinking juice to eating whole fruit. Whole fruit has more fiber, is more filling and is better for you.
  3. Skip sports drinks and energy drinks. They might sound healthy, but they often contain sugar. Water is all you need.
  4. Choose a smaller size. Smaller portions means less sugar.
  5. Choose plain, unsweetened milk.
  6. Watch out for pre-sweetened coffee and tea drinks.  Ask for your beverages with less sugar, or add it in yourself to control your consumption.

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