There is a lot of confusion today about the definition of a sugary beverage.
A sugary drink is a beverage that is sweetened with natural caloric sweeteners such as table sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Sugary drinks include, but are not limited to, the following types of drinks:
- Non-diet carbonated beverages (Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, etc.)
- Fruit-ades such as lemonade, fruit punch, powdered fruit drinks, and fruit drinks containing less than 100% fruit juice
- Sports drinks (e.g. Gatorade, Powerade or Propel)
- Flavored waters (Glaceau or Clearly Canadian)
- Energy drinks (e.g. Rockstar, Monster or Full Throttle)
- Sweetened teas (e.g. Snapple, Sobe or Arizona)
Certain brand names have been pointed out in the examples because you may not realize that all of the listed products contain added sugars.
According to the USDA, soft-drink consumption, which includes soda, fruit-flavored and part-juice drinks, and sports drinks, has increased almost 500% over the past 50 years. Continue reading