Simple Beverage Swap Ideas:

Make it easy to swap out your sugary drinks. Look for our Sweet Enough sticker at these convenience stores!


Three Brothers Pizza, Colchester


Colchester Middle School, Colchester


5 Corner Variety, Essex


Central Beverage, Essex


Simon’s, Williston


Simon’s, Route 2A Essex


Gracie’s Store, South Burlington


Marche Market at University of Vermont, Burlington

…and counting! More stores added soon!

1. Choose water or lightly sweetened beverages over sugary ones.

2. Carry a water bottle with you and fill it throughout the day.

3. Don’t keep sugar-sweetened beverages in the house! Keep a jug of water in the fridge as an alternative.

4. For an added pop of flavor, add fresh fruit to your water.

5. Mix sparkling water and fruit juice for a healthier carbonated drink.

6. We’re all human. If you opt to have a sugar-sweetened beverage, smaller sized is the way to go.

What are sugar-sweetened beverages?

If your beverage includes any of these ingredients, you are drinking a sugar-sweetened beverage:


High-fructose corn syrup definition: corn syrup to which enzymes have been added to change some of the glucose to fructose, making the product sweeter than regular corn syrup.



Syrup Definition: Any of various thick, sweet liquids prepared for table use from molasses, glucose, etc., water, and often a flavoring agent.



Honey Definition: A sweet, viscid fluid produced by bees from the nectar collected from flowers, and stored in nests or hives as food.



Fructose definition: a yellowish to white, crystalline, water-soluble, levorotatory ketose sugar, C6H12O6, sweeter than sucrose, occurring in invert sugar, honey, and a great many fruits: used in foodstuffs and in medicine chiefly in solution as an intravenous nutrient.


Corn Syrup

Corn Syrup Definition: Syrup prepared from corn.



Sucrose Definition: A crystalline disaccharide, C12H22O11, the sugar obtained from the sugarcane, the sugar beet, and sorghum, and forming the greater part of maple sugar; sugar.


Fruit Juice Concentrate

Fruit Juice Concentrate Definition: ‘From concentrate’ means that all the excess water from the oranges is removed, yielding a product seven times more concentrated than the initial juice.

Compressing and then freezing the orange juice allows more efficient packaging and transportation. Water is then added in again before it is sold.

Source: Science Focus


Dextrose Definition: Dextroglucose, commercially obtainable from starch by acid hydrolysis.



Sugar Definition: A sweet, crystalline substance, C12H22O11, obtained chiefly from the juice of the sugarcane and the sugar beet, and present in sorghum, maple sap, etc.: used extensively as an ingredient and flavoring of certain foods and as a fermenting agent in the manufacture of certain alcoholic beverages; sucrose


Stories from around the community

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Why is too much sugar bad for you?

Liquid sugar, such as in sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks, is the leading source of added sugar in the American diet, representing 36% of the added sugar we consume.

Health effects of added sugar

Consuming excess sugar can negatively affect your body in many ways.

How much sugar do you consume in a day?

Americans consume 3 – 6 times more added sugar than the maximum recommended amount by the American Heart Association and CDC. That’s 93 grams, or 22 teaspoons!

So how much added sugar should you be consuming?

Maximum consumption for women and children per day

25 Grams

6 teaspoons

Maximum consumption for Men per day

36 Grams

9 teaspoons

Parent Resources

How to Tame Your Kid’s Sweet Tooth in 30 Days

Sugar in Sports Drinks 

Curb the Colas CDC Podcast

Sugar Shock, Do you know how much sugar your kids eat?

While companies push sugary beverages, parents should promote water. Here’s how.

Individual Resources

Get the Sweet Enough Facebook profile Frame

Create a conversation around reducing sugary drink consumption! Make sure to like the RiseVT facebook page in order to add the frame.