Beat the Heat With Hydrating Low-Calorie, Low-Sugar Drink Choices

Many parts of Canada have already seen record-high temperatures, but when it comes to quenching your thirst, reaching for sugary drinks comes with health risks – especially for kids.

Sugary drinks are the greatest contributor to sugar in our diets and a significant factor for overweight and obesity, as well as several chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and cancer.

The recommended daily limit of calories from sugar is about 12 teaspoons, or 10 per cent of our calories from sugar in one day. But sugary drinks will quickly get you past that amount. One can of pop (355 millilitres) includes 10 teaspoons of sugar.

Young people consume the most sugary drinks. The average youth drinks 578 millilitres of sugary drinks each day, which can contain up to 16 teaspoons or 64 grams of sugar.

Other examples of sugary drinks are energy and sports drinks, flavoured water, flavoured coffees and teas, flavoured dairy products, fruits drinks and 100 per cent juice, which may include even more sugar than pop.

“The best beverage choice for any type of hydration is water,” says Carol Dombrow, RD and nutrition consultant with Heart & Stroke.

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