Studies link an increase in Americans' intake of sweetened drinks—especially soda and sports drinks—with an unhealthy increase in our body weight.
Sweet drinks are also linked to:
- Weak bones
- Tooth decay
- Increased desire for sugar (and in some cases, caffeine)
Ideas to make it happen
Go with H2O.
Carry water with you—and drink it all day long.
Rethink mealtime drinks.
Drink water or milk (skim or 1%) at meals and snack times.
Make it special.
Save soda, lemonade, Kool-Aid, and punch for special occasions—no more than once a week. If you're used to drinking regular soda, switch to diet soda.
Watch the juice.
Drink 100% fruit juice, but limit yourself to one small (4 to 6 ounces) glass or juice box a day. Or, eat a piece of fruit instead. You'll get more nutrients, and feel more satisfied.
Go easy on the sports drinks—most of the time, water is best for exercise.