We get a substantial number of calories from the beverages we drink. The calorie content of beverages can vary widely and may contribute to weight gain.
Many sugar-sweetened drinks are high in calories and low in other nutrients.
Sweeteners - Sugar Substitutes
Non-caloric sweeteners are chemically made or processed and provide sweetness to foods and drinks without adding any extra calories. Replacing added sugars with non-caloric sweeteners may reduce calorie intake in the short-term, yet questions remain about their effectiveness as a weight management strategy.
Good hydration is linked to healthy aging.
Intake of dairy products is especially important to bone health during childhood and adolescence when bone mass is being built. To learn more about the importance of calcium-rich beverages, visit the “Milk Matters" website (NICHD).
Drinking alcohol can be beneficial or harmful, depending on how much you drink, your age, and your health status. Learn more about the impact of alcohol on your health by visiting the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism research-based website.