Just say no to sugar

Pouring clear filtered water from a water filtration jug into a glass on the green summer garden background in a warm sunny summer day

Sugary drinks are the leading source of added sugars in the American diet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These drinks are associated with weight gain/obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, kidney diseases, non-alcoholic liver disease, tooth decay and cavities and gout, a type of arthritis. They also make up 9.3% of the grocery budgets of participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP, compared with 7.1% of the general population.

Land-grant universities are working to help Americans drink more water and fewer drinks with sugar. For example, participants in Alabama’s SNAP educational program decreased sugary drink consumption by 17%. In California,Contra Costa County’s Project 4-H2O shared the benefits of drinking water instead of sodas to about 7,500 citizens.