There’s a lot of news – and a lot of opinions – out there about sugar these days. The reality is: people have been consuming sugar in various forms since our earliest days. But, where does our sugar intake come from? Lots of different things. Fruits, vegetables, honey, ketchup, soft drinks, 100 percent juice - most of what we eat and drink contains sugar in some form. That’s not inherently a bad thing. After all, along with variety in what we eat and drink, balancing what we eat and drink with what we do is the key to a healthy, balanced and active lifestyle. Even so, we thought we’d clear up some misinformation out there when it comes to sugar and the many refreshing beverages our member companies make. So here goes:
Myth: People today are getting more sugar from soda than ever before.
Fact: The reality is that calories in the American diet from added sugars in soda are down 39 percent.
Myth: Beverages are the largest source of added sugars for children and teens.
Fact: According to CDC, food is actually the number one source of added sugars for children and teens.
Myth: Beverages are the largest source of added sugars for adults.
Fact: According to CDC, food is actually the number one source of added sugars for adults, contributing 67 percent.
If you want to do a little more “myth-busting,” check out our Let’s Clear It Up website. You may just learn a few things – and you don’t have to take it from us, you can check out the studies yourself.