Sugary drinks (soda, energy drinks, coffee drinks, and sports drinks) add more sugar to our diet than any other food or beverage source. Drinking and eating too much sugar has been associated with an increase in chronic illnesses such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.i,ii
Water is vital for your health and is the best option for keeping the body hydrated. Small changes, such as choosing a healthier drink, can lead to big victories for overall health. The goal of Rethink Your Drink Day is to promote the small steps people can take to improve their health, and one of those steps is to drink more water.
Healthy changes start at home. Use the resources on this site to help you get started.
i Malik, V. S., Popkin, B. M., Bray, G. A., Després, J., & Hu, F. B. (2010). Sugar-sweetened beverages, obesity, Type 2 diabetes Mellitus, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk. Circulation, 121(11), 1356-1364. doi:10.1161/circulationaha.109.876185
ii Malik, V.S. et al. (2019). Long-term consumption of sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened beverages and risk of mortality in U.S. adults. Circulation, 139, 2113-2125.