Sugar-sweetened beverages are drinks (carbonated or not) that contain added sugar, such as:

  • Pop/soft drinks
  • Fruit drinks (e.g., ‘punches’, ‘cocktails’ or ‘-ades’)
  • Energy drinks
  • Sports drinks
  • Flavoured or vitamin-enhanced waters
  • Flavoured milks (e.g., chocolate, strawberry, milkshakes)
  • Sweetened plant based beverages (e.g., almond, rice or soy)
  • Specialty teas and coffees
  • Hot chocolate
  • Sweetened smoothies


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Did you know?

Sugary drinks are the single largest contributor of sugar in the diet? A single 355 mL can of sugar-sweetened soda contains up to 40 grams (about 10 teaspoons) of sugar and no health benefits.

Children need healthy beverages like milk and water as they grow. Unfortunately, as children get older, they consume more sugar-sweetened beverages, which bump out these healthy drinks. This increases their intake of sugar, which can have a negative impact on their health!

Offer your child a variety of whole foods like plain vegetables and fruits every day, and healthy drinks like water, plain milk and unflavoured fortified soy beverage for hydration. This gives them the important vitamins and minerals needed for healthy growth and development.