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The Hidden Truth About Sugar

By: Lauren Papanos, MS, RD, CSSD

Do you know how much sugar is in your favorite beverage? Your favorite drink from Starbucks or Jamba Juice on average contains over 60 grams of sugar, over double the amount of a piece of fruit. It’s important to note that not only do these beverages contain significantly more sugar than fruit, the sugar in these beverages is added, and not naturally occurring. In a piece of fruit, there is natural sugar in addition to water, fiber and several vitamins and minerals. Fruit can support improving your performance, energy and health. Whereas, added sugars found in coffees, sodas, some juices and candies contain added sugar that does not offer the same health benefits. Added sugars like those mentioned should be limited to less than 10% of your total daily intake and ideally should be avoided as much as possible to prevent adverse health and performance outcomes.

Below I break down some popular beverages’ sugar content and some healthier alternatives for you to try! Tag us when you try these alternatives on social media and use hashtag

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