The Not-So-Skinny on Sugar Substitutes

Not sure if that drink in your hand is a sugar-sweetened beverage? Sugar goes by many names. If your drink contains any of the following ingredients, it is a sugar-sweetened beverage and should be limited:

  • Agave nectar
  • Corn sweeteners
  • Corn syrup
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated cane juice molasses
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrates
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Refined sugars
  • Sucrose
  • Syrup

Information adapted from: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/drinks.html

Check Out Potter’s Tips for Healthy Kids!

When summer temperatures rise, choose water! Nothing quenches your thirst like a glass of cold water.

To make water more appealing to both children and adults, add fresh fruits like lemons, oranges and even cucumbers for a hint of flavor.

Most people don’t know that even 100 percent fruit juices are chock-full of sugar. Make sure you limit your child’s juice intake to only 4-6 ounces a day – that’s less than one box! Try adding water to juice to cut out even more sugar.

Milk is an important part of a child’s diet. Serve 1 percent, low-fat or skim milk with meals to help build strong bones.

Don’t put soda or juice in your child’s bottle or sippy cup – sugary beverages can cause tooth decay!

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