Childhood obesity is a big issue today with leading contributors such as sweet and sugary drinks. March ushers in National Nutrition Month and the Onondaga County Health Department wants people to be mindful of the drinks we choose. “Look at your labels. A particular brand may have a higher amount of sugar than another, so you have to pay attention,” says Kathy Mogle, program coordinator for the Onondaga County Health Department.
Sugar sweetened beverages are a leading source of added sugars in the American diet. They are also correlated with less healthy behaviors such as smoking, not exercising as much, eating fast food and not getting enough sleep. In adolescents, sugar sweetened beverages are associated with more screen time.
The average American consumers about 19 and a half teaspoons of sugar. Compare that to the recommened amount of 9 teaspoons per day for men and 6 teaspoons a day for women, according to the American Heart Association.
So this March, rethink your drink. Choose an alternative to sweetened beverages, like seltzer water, or limit the amount of sugary beverages you consume. For more information from the Onondaga County Health Department, visit their website at ongov.net/health.