The types of drinks you consume can have a drastic effect on your sugar intake. Did you know there are about 39 grams of sugar (or 10 teaspoons) in one 12-ounce soda? Your daily added sugar intake should not exceed 6 teaspoons (24 grams) for women and 9 teaspoons (36 grams) for men, according to the American Heart Association. This means one 12-ounce soda can easily surpass your daily added sugar allowance.

Recommended drinks during the Sugar Shutdown:

  • Water, with lemon or lime juice for flavor
  • Unsweetened teas
  • Hot tea
  • Coffee (pass on the sugar packets!)
  • Low-fat milk
  • Unsweetened coconut water
  • Unsweetened nondairy milks such as almond, coconut, cashew, rice and soy

Drinks to avoid during the Sugar Shutdown:

  • Soda and diet soda
  • Fruit punch
  • Fruit juice
  • Energy drinks
  • Sweet tea
  • Cocktails
  • Frozen/blended drinks
  • Flavored waters (be sure to check the label)
  • “Naturally” or artificially sweetened drinks
  • Flavored coffee drinks
  • Lemonade
  • Milkshakes
  • Alcohol
  • Sports drinks

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