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Making Smart Drink Choices

There are many different drinks available and it can be hard to make smart drink choices. Many drinks contain added sugar; including ones that may look healthy. Sugary drinks are the single largest source of sugar in the diet.1 Too many sugary drinks are associated with cavities, diabetes, heart disease and other health risks.1


Choose sometimes...

100% Fruit and Vegetable Juice
Fruit and vegetable juice provides vitamins, but can also have a lot of naturally occurring sugar. Choose the whole fruit and vegetable instead to get all the nutrients and fibre. Avoid fruit "cocktails", "drinks", and "punches" as these are mostly sugar with little nutrients.

Flavoured Milk and Flavoured Soy Beverages
Flavoured milk and fortified soy beverage provides us with nutrients, but can also have a lots of added sugar.

Choose rarely...

Sugar-Sweetened Drinks

Drinks, like pop, iced teas, lemonades, slushies, specialty coffees, vitamin-enhanced water, energy drinks and sport drinks, usually provide little nutrition, but have lots of added sugars. Sport drinks aren't needed unless you are exercising at a high intensity for at least an hour. Water is usually all we need.


Drink Water... Live Better!

Sugary Drinks

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Tips for reducing sugary drinks:2

  • Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge so it is easily accessible.
  • Keep sugary drinks out of the home most of the time.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle throughout the day.
  • Pack a reusable water bottle in your child’s lunch bag.
  • Offer water throughout the day and with snacks.
  • Set a good example, when we make healthy drink choices, our friends and family are more likely to make those choices too.
  • To make water more exciting add fruit or vegetables for flavour.
  • Order water when eating out.

Staying Hydrated

Making sure we get enough to drink is important to prevent dehydration. For facts on Fluids including signs of dehydration visit UnlockFood.ca

Date of creation: January 15, 2013
Last modified on: November 12, 2021


1Heart and Stroke Foundation. (2016). Liquid Candy: Working Together to Reduce Consumption of Sugary Drinks. Retrieved from
2KFL&A Public Health (2016). Choose Water. Retrieved from