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Rethink your drink - choose water first!

Rethink your drink

How do I know if a drink is high in sugar?

How do I know how much sugar is in a drink?

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Look for these sugars in your drinks: If any of the following sugars are listed as the first or second ingredient on a drink label, the drink is likely high in sugar.

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  • sugar
  • glucose
  • fructose
  • dextrose
  • maltose
  • sucrose
  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • corn syrup
  • molasses
  • juice concentrate
  • honey
  • cane or beet sugar
  • To learn how much sugar is in a drink, read the Nutrition Facts label
  • On the label, the total amount of sugar is written in grams
  • Choose drinks with the least amount of sugar
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4 grams of sugar =
1 teaspoon of sugar


Where is sugar hiding?

  • There are many different names for sugar. The ingredients list will tell you what type of sugars are in a product.
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For more information call
DURHAM REGION HEALTH DEPARTMENT
905-668-7711 OR 1-800-841-2729