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Sugary drinks are a leading source of added sugar in diets in the U.S. and many people drink 3-6 times more sugar than recommended. Women should have 6 teaspoons or less and men should have 9 teaspoons or less of added sugar per day; however, most sodas and specialty coffees have way more than this. A can of soda already has more than the recommended value with 9.75 teaspoons of sugar and many special coffees can have 6 or more teaspoons of sugar. Cutting back, even just a little, on the amount of sugary drinks can have a huge impact on your healthy. Here are some tips for swapping out sugary drinks.
- Cut back slowly. Start small by cutting out one or two drinks. Especially if you are drinking many sugary drinks per week. You don’t have to go cold turkey.
- Control the amount of sugar in coffee by making it at home. It will save you some money too!
- Try making a swap. Try adding some juice to sparkling water, trade your energy drink for coffee with a little sugar, or your specialty ice coffee with a homemade iced tea.
- Find more swaps and tips at RiseVT.org!
Other ideas, tips, and resources to keep you and your family healthy, active, and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- A yoga class from the Upper Valley Aquatic Center to get you grounded this morning.
- For those mushroom fans out there, we know you are there, here is a mushroom soup that you can make along with leftover chicken from last night’s dinner!
- Fatigue is completely understandable right now. Take a moment to relax today.
- Join the Echo Center for some citizen science and cloud watching!
- Explore spring wildflowers and then take your new knowledge to one of your favorite local trails!
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