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What are sugary drinks?

Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) are drinks (carbonated or not) that contain added sugar, such as:

  • Pop or soft drinks
  • Fruit drinks (e.g. ‘punches’, ‘cocktails’ or ‘-ades’)
  • Energy drinks
  • Sports drinks
  • Flavoured or vitamin-enhanced waters
  • Flavoured milks (e.g., chocolate, strawberry, milkshakes)
  • Sweetened plant based beverages (e.g., almond, rice or soy)
  • Specialty teas and coffees
  • Hot chocolate
  • Sweetened smoothies

100% fruit juice is also high in sugar. Juice is not a necessary part of anyone’s diet. Limit juice serving size to 125mL or ½ cup of juice or less per day. Choose whole vegetables and fruit more often than juice.

For more information, see Sugar Facts.