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Sugary Drink

What's In Your Drink?

Sugary Drinks are drinks containing added sugar (excludes sugars that occur naturally like in 100% fruit juice, plain milk, etc.) such as soda, sports drinks, sweetened iced tea, sweetened coffee, fruit drinks, energy drinks, flavored water and flavored milk. These sugar-filled drinks are the number one contributor to tooth decay - the most common chronic childhood disease.1

Did You Know? 

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  • Four grams of sugar equals approximately one teaspoon.
  • A 16 ounce bottle of soda contains 12 teaspoons of sugar.
  • The United States leads the world in sweetener consumption.
  • On average, children consume 50-70% more added sugars than recommended by guidelines.

 American Dental Association, “Diet and Dental Health,”
2 American Heart Association, “Added Sugars,”
3 American Heart Association, “Kids and added sugars: How much is too much?,”
4 Sugary Drink FACTS, “Tips for Choosing a Healthy Drink,”
5 American Heart Association, "Added Sugars,"
Department of Health and Human Services, "Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020,"

Questions? Contact Delta Dental of Kansas' Community Benefit department at 316.462.3372 or