Tips to help you rethink sugary drinksTuesday, 22 January 2019
Sugary drinks contribute the most added sugar to Australians’ diets. Some of us are consuming up to 1.5 litres of soft drinks, sports drinks or energy drinks a day.
Its important to understand the impact sugary drinks can have on your body. Thinking twice before consuming sugary drinks and going for water instead can improve your health.
Sugary drinks can not only ruin your teeth and your , it can lead to unhealthy weight gain, which increases the risk of serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart and kidney disease, stroke and 13 types of cancer.
What can I do about it?
Cutting sugary drinks from your diet is best, but even reducing the amount you drink can make a difference to your health. Take the first step by finding out how much sugar and energy you consume from sugary drinks – it may surprise you.
Try these tips for avoiding sugary drinks:
- Skip the soft drink aisle at the supermarket and beware of the specials at the checkout and service stations.
- If you’re eating out, don’t go with the default soft drink – see what other options there are, or just ask for water.
- Carry a water bottle, so you don’t have to buy a drink if you’re thirsty.