What are SSBs?

Sugar Sweetened Beverages contain caloric sweeteners. Some examples of SSBs are: Soft drinks, fruit drinks, punches, ades, sports drinks, teas and coffees, energy drinks and sweetened milks.


Sugar-based caloric sweeteners include brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fruit juice concentrates, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, malt syrup, molasses, raw sugar, sucrose, sugar, and syrup

What is really in Sugar Sweetened Beverages

How much sugar is in your drink?

Consumption of sugar sweetened beverages may be the single largest driver of the obesity epidemic according to a 2009 study in the New England Journal of Medicine
How much sugar is in your drink
Check out this graphic from the Rhode Island Medical Society to find out more >


The CDC suggests the following smart tips so you can make healthier choices!

  • Choose water, diet, or low-calorie beverages instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • For a quick, easy, and inexpensive thirst-quencher, carry a water bottle and refill it throughout the day.
  • Don’t “stock the fridge” with sugar-sweetened beverages. Instead, keep a jug or bottles of cold water in the fridge.
  • Serve water with meals.
  • Make water more exciting by adding slices of lemon, lime, cucumber, or watermelon, or drink sparkling water.
  • Add a splash of 100% juice to plain sparkling water for a refreshing, low-calorie drink.
  • When you do opt for a sugar-sweetened beverage, go for the small size. Some companies are now selling 8-oz. cans and bottles of soda, which contain about 100 calories.
  • Be a role model for your friends and family by choosing healthy, low-calorie beverages.”

Information provided by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Did you know: You have to walk 3 miles to burn off the calories from one 20 oz. soda?

This Q&A document provided by NYC Health and Take Care New York provides the answers you need to know to questions people have about sugar sweetened beverages.


Try these healthy alternatives:

WATER: Add slices of fruit for a refreshing drink
UNSWEETENED TEAS: Add a few honey drops for a little sweetening
SELTZER & A SPLASH OF 100% JUICE: One part juice, 3 parts seltzer
COFFEE: Just remember to stay away from fancy sweetened ones
LOW-FAT MILK: Always a healthy choice.


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Information provided by the NY City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


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