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The over consumption of calories from liquid beverages is a contributing factor in obesity and chronic disease in the United States. The Department of Nutrition and Food Services at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

Smart Choice Beverage Standards

  • Green - Drink Plenty - Water, sparkling water, unsweetened tea, skim or 1% milk - 0 - 5 g of sugar per 12 fl oz.
  • Yellow - Drink Occasionally - 6 - 12 g sugar per 12 fl oz or contain artificial sweeteners
    • Diet soda, diet iced tea, 100% fruit juice (small portions <8 fl oz), low calorie sport drinks, flavored 1% milk.
  • Red - Drink Rarely, If at all - More than 12 g sugar per 12 fl oz
    • Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) include all sodas, fruit drinks, sport drinks, low-calorie
      drinks and other beverages that contain added caloric sweeteners, such as sweetened tea, rice drinks, bean beverages, sugar cane beverages, horchata and nonalcoholic wines/malt beverages.
      • Sports drinks include all beverages marked for rehydration for athletes.
      • Fruit drinks include all fruit drinks, fruit juices and fruit nectars with added sugar.
      • Sodas include all carbonated beverages with added sugar.
      • Other SSBs include sweetened tea, rice drinks, bean beverages, sugar cane beverages, horchata, nonalcoholic wins/malt beverages, etc.
    • Other drinks are part of this category if they are above 120 calories per 8 fl oz. and/or contain high fructose corn syrup.



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