Your line to good health!
Developed by: Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
Section, Forsyth County Department of Public Health
Beverages din bae healthy pdiet
What role o verages lay?
ost people like to drink beverages with meals, By about age 20, the
when exercising or playing sports, and for average woman has acquired
refreshment. The calorie and nutritional value of 98 percent of her skeletal mass.
beverages varies greatly depending on what you choose to Building strong bones during
drink and the size cup or bottle your drink is in. Glasses and childhood and adolescence can
cups are bigger nowadays than ever before. You even have be the best defense against
an incentive to buy the bigger size cup or bottle because it developing osteoporosis later in
may only cost you a few pennies more than the smaller size. life. Key things you can do to
Most restaurants even offer free refills. Given the expanse of protect your bone health is to eat
beverage choices - what role do beverages play in a healthy a balanced diet rich in calcium
diet? and vitamin D and do weight-
As you can see in the table below, calories and nutritional bearing and resistance-training
value vary widely based on the beverage you choose to drink. exercises. Skim and 1% milk are
Many beverages are high in sugar, a form of carbohydrate, good low fat sources of calcium
but offer very little in the way of nutritional value. These are and vitamin D.
commonly known as “empty calorie” drinks. You may be Beverages play a key role
surprised to learn that some drinks that sound healthy may be in good health – just be sure to
so only in name. choose your beverages wisely!
Product Calories Sugar Carbohydrate Protein Fat Calcium Caffeine
(16 ounces) (grams) (grams) (grams) (grams) (grams) (milligrams)
carbonated soft 200 54 54 0 0 0 50
Strawberry 220 54 56 0 0 0 0
SoBe® Power 240 60 62 0 0 0 64
20 4 6 0 0 0 0
Tea® with 120 32 32 0 0 0 40
1% milk 200 22 24 16 5 600 0
Vanilla Triple Not
550 72 96 13 13 430
Thick ® available
Note: Water has 0 calories, sugar, carbohydrates, protein, fat, calcium, or caffeine. The majority of bottled water does not contain
the recommended amount of Fluoride. Tap water is fluoridated and is endorsed by the American Dental Association as a safe and
effective measure for preventing tooth decay