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Alternatives

Alternatives

Sparkling water.
100% fruit juice.
Plain water.
Flavoured water.
Kombucha.

Sugar-sweetened beverages are any drink that is sweetened with syrups and added sugars such as pop, fruit drinks (like punch and lemonade), sport drinks, energy drinks, sweetened milks, and specialty coffee/tea drinks. Sugar-sweetened beverages don’t give the same feeling of fullness as eating the same number of calories, and this along with the fact that these drinks often replace healthier choices, such as fruit and vegetables, has consistently shown that sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to weight gain in children. In fact, it has been found that with every sugar-sweetened beverage consumed in a day equals a 60% increase in risk of becoming obese.

Negative Effects

Negative Effects

Fast heartbeat.
Difficulty sleeping.
Headache.
Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea.
Chest pain.
Seizures

Many teens need caffeine in the morning to start their day. A small amount of caffeine can be safe but having more than the recommended amount of caffeine can lead to negative effects. Once you have caffeine it only takes 15 minutes to take effect and it can take up to 6 hours for your body to get rid of just half of the caffeine. Caffeine also has similar effects on the brain as other drugs. Although it is much milder, it can still be addictive.

The two main caffeinated drinks that teens consume are coffee and caffeinated energy drinks (CEDs).

water

Water

Controlling body temperature.
Moving nutrients and oxygen.
Removing waste.
Aiding in digestion.
Cushioning organs and joints.

Only 70% of Canadians (age 5-17) will drink water on a normal day. Water makes up ~60% of your body weight so it needs to be replenished everyday for you to stay hydrated.

Water is a healthy drink that has zero calories and contains no sugar. Drinking more water during the day will result in having fewer calories than if you were to have sugar-sweetened drinks instead. Most tap water is also fluoridated, which helps to prevent tooth decay and increase oral health.

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