Sugar Sweetened Beverages

What counts as a sugar-sweetened beverage?

A sugar-sweetened beverage is anything that has been sweetened with sugar (and a can of soda has about 3 tablespoons of sugar).

Some words to look for on the ingredient list (that can be found at the bottom of the nutrition facts panel) that tell you if that drink is a sugar-sweetened beverage are:

  • sugar
  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • corn sweetener
  • corn syrup
  • dextrose
  • fruit juice concentrate
  • glucose
  • honey
  • sucrose
  • syrup
  • cane sugar

 If the drink has the word “Diet” or has 0 calories, then it is not a sugar sweetened beverage. 

.The list below has examples of sugar sweetened drinks. If you don’t find your usual drink on this list, look at the ingredients to see if it has any of the sweeteners from the list above or text us and we’ll find out.

Coke, Sprite, 7-Up, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, Crush, Fanta, Sunkist, Ginger Ale, etc.

Energy drinks
Monster, Red Bull, Rock Star, etc.

Fruit Juice and Juice Drinks
Orange juice, apple juice, cranberry juice, fruit punch, lemonade, aguas frescas, Sunny D, Snapple, Arizona, Fuze, Hi-C, Capri Sun, Kool-Aid, Tang, etc.

Sports drinks
Gatorade, Propel, Vitamin water, etc.Drinks

Sweetened teas
Arizona, Nestea, etc.

Flavored milk
Chocolate milk, Yoo hoo, Nesquik, milk shakes, etc.

Other drinks
Smoothies, sweetened coffee drinks, horchata