Let’s start with the truth about soda and other sugary drinks.
Misconception: Fruit is good for you. Fruit juice is made from fruit. So fruit juice must be good for me, too.
Misconception: Oregonians don’t consume that much sugar.
Misconception: “Soft drinks” are aptly-named—and pretty harmless.
Misconception: Too much sugar may add a pound or two on the scales, but it won’t kill you.
Misconception: “Natural” sweeteners, like agave nectar, are better for me than table sugar.
Misconception: For most people, a soda or sports drink is an occasional treat—not a staple of their diet.
People with less access to education often are less aware of how sugary drinks and other unhealthy foods and beverages harm their health. They may have fewer stores in their communities that sell healthier items and fewer resources for purchasing them.
Harvard’s Nutrition Source breaks down the sugar content in popular sodas, sports drinks and energy drinks.source 8
“Just one fruit drink, regular soda, or energy drink contains more added sugar than most young people should consume in an entire day. Yet beverage companies continue to market these products aggressively to children and teens.”
from Sugary Drink F.A.C.T.S., Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesitysource 9
Misconception: Sugary drinks affect all Oregon kids the same way, no matter who they are.
Reality: Low-income children of all racial backgrounds are twice as likely to drink one liter (34 oz.) of sugary beverages per day, compared to wealthier kids.
We now know that too much sugar increases your risk of developing chronic diseases including obesity, diabetes and heart disease. In low-income neighborhoods, in rural areas as well as cities, sugary drinks and other high-calorie, low-nutrition foods often are easier to find than affordable fruits, vegetables and other healthy items.
Misconception: Sports drinks are healthier than soda. They help me recover faster after exercise and do better at sports.
- 2. Obesity Society. Nov. 2014. “U.S. Adult Consumption of Added Sugars Increased by More Than 30% Over Three Decades.”
- 3. Yang, Q., & Zhang, Z. April 2014. “Added Sugar Intake and Cardiovascular Diseases Mortality Among US Adults.” JAMA Internal Medicine.
- 4. Kit BK,Fakhouri TH,Park S,Nielsen SJ,Ogden CL. Trends in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among youth and adults in the United States: 1999-2010. Am J Clin Nutr 2013; 98:180-188. University of California, San Francisco. “SugarScience: Too Much Can Make Us Sick.”
- 7. Ogden CL, Kit BK, Carroll MD, Park S. Consumption of sugar drinks in the United States, 2005-2008<. NCHS Data Brief. 2011:1-8.
- 8. Oregon Health Authority. “PAN Facts 2014: Adult Physical Activity & Nutrition 2014, Oregon fact sheet.” Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “Soft Drinks and Disease.”
- 9. Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. “ Evaluating Sugary Drink Nutrition and Marketing to Youth.”
- 10. Han, Euna et al. Consumption Patterns of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in the United States. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics , Volume 113, Issue 1, 43-53.