Rethink Your Drink

Question:

Did you know that regularly drinking high-sugar beverages (like sweet tea) may lead to weight gain–up to 15 pounds per year –and can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes?

Facts:

  • Sweet tea has 8-10 teaspoons of added sugar per every 16 ounces. Instead of sweet tea, try plain tea and add your choice of non-caloric sweetener.
  • Artificial sweeteners are an option for people who need to wean themselves off of the sugary stuff, similar to a nicotine patch for a smoker. Choose Equal® or NutraSweet® since their sweetening agent is aspartame, which has a good safety track record, and is made of substances found naturally in food.