If you’re looking to improve your health or lose weight, it may be prudent to take a closer look at what you’re drinking. According to The American Heart Association, some major sources of added sugar in the American diet include regular soft drinks and fruit drinks. Prisma Health Heart Hospital dietitian Lisa Akly wanted to provide community members with some reminders about added sugar in beverages and offer five tips for forming healthier beverage habits.
What is added sugar?
Added sugars include any sugars (or sweeteners that contain calories) added to foods or beverages during preparation and processing. Added sugar includes:
While these and other added sugars are not harmful in small amounts, they contribute to additional calories and have no nutritional value. Whether it’s the sugar you add to your morning coffee or the 7 teaspoons of added sugar in just 8 ounces of regular soft drink, it’s important to pay attention.
To help decrease empty calories and added sugars, Prisma Health Heart Hospital dietitian Lisa Akly offers five tips for forming healthier beverage habits.
To learn more about educational topic being offered by Prisma Health Heart Hospital during Heart Month, visit PalmettoHealth.org/HeartMonth.