Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Challenges With Sugared Beverages Being Ignored

Staying hydrated is super important for a healthy, active lifestyle. For our bodies to function properly, we need exercise, rest,  food and water.  A recent study of Canadian moms* shows that on average, moms reach for pop 3-4 times a week - and 39% of them don't plan on changing this habit.

The average pop contains 10 tsps of sugar, while juice is only *slightly* better with around 8 tsps in a 355ml glass.  The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the average adult consume 6tsps of sugar DAILY.  That's a lot less than just one serving of soda.

The current sugar intake of Canadians is alarming. Excessive sugar consumption is linked to many serious health conditions including obesity, diabetes and dental cavities.
Reducing your consumption of sugared beverages will help reduce your overall daily
sugar intake. For a healthy alternative, try swapping soft drinks or juice with sparkling
water. Sparking water is free of both sugar and calories, making it an easy way to cut
back on your sugar consumption so you can enjoy a healthier life.
- Sherry Torkos, pharmacist and author of The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine
Live Healthy.  Live Bubbly.

Nestle is committed to helping families live healthier lives.  They are challenging Canadians to take the Live Healthy. Live Bubbly. 7 day challenge.  Nestle wants you to swap one sugared beverage for a Pure Life Sparkling Spring Water (Original, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin or Raspberry Lime flavours). Visit Nestle to learn more about hydration and to take the pledge to reduce the sugar in your diet.

I cut out pop and juice a few months ago, and am amazed at how much better I feel.  I still have the odd iced tea if I am out to eat, but that is a rare treat.  I stopped buying juice and pop, and the kids now drink only water at school and home, with a glass of milk a day.  Juice is reserved as a special treat for birthday parties or restaurants.

Will you take the pledge to reduce your sugar intake?

*survey conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of Nestle Waters Canada

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