Cutting out sugary beverages


Did you know almost six in 10 New York City residents are overweight or obese and that another one in eight reported having diabetes?


According to a recent New York City health report by the Bronx, Brooklyn and Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Centers, residents of these neighborhoods are more likely to drink sugary drinks, and to drink four or more sugary drinks daily, than are residents of the Upper West Side. That’s a lot of sugar: The average 20-ounce bottle of soda contains more than 70 grams of added sugar.


While a number of unhealthy dietary choices contribute to weight gain, sugary drinks play a disproportionate role in the increase of overweight and obese New Yorkers. The past three decades have seen our daily caloric intake increase by 200 and 300 calories, and sugary drinks are responsible for nearly half of this increase.


Tips to avoid sugary drinks:


  1. Drink plenty of water.
  2. Eat whole fruit instead of drinking fruit juices.
  3. Skip sports drinks and energy drinks.
  4. Drink plain, unsweetened milk instead of chocolate or other flavored milk drinks.
  5. Avoid presweetened coffee and tea drinks.