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8.10: Think Before I Drink COY

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    • How much sugar is in a sugary beverage.
    • How to make an alternative, healthier option

    Giveaway: Sample of alternative beverage such as infused water/tea.


    • Signage and handouts (e.g. recipe cards)
    • Five sugary beverages with nutritional labels: soda, sweet iced tea, sports drink, smoothie in bottle, coffee blend, fruit juice, flavored water, flavored milk etc.
    • Five containers (plastic cups or bags) and Disposable cups
    • One teaspoon; permanent marker, bulk white cane sugar.
    • Alternative beverage container and alternative beverage such as infused water/tea/ fruit-smoothies.
    • Feedback survey, pencils and collection box


    • Calculate how many teaspoons of sugar are in each beverage by dividing the grams of sugar listed on the nutritional level by four.
    • Measure out the teaspoons of sugar for each beverage and put into an individual see through container (e.g. plastic cup or bag). Write the teaspoons of sugar on the container.
    • Set out beverages and containers with sugar and ask students attempt to match the bags of sugar with the beverages.


    • Ask participants to practice dividing the grams of sugar on a drink's nutritional level by four and measure the teaspoons of sugar out themselves.
    • Share that an alternative to sugary beverages are water-based beverages such as infused water and tea.
    • Offer students a sample of an alternative beverage, its ingredients and the recipe to prepare their own sample at home.
    • Ask participants to complete the feedback survey.

    Talking Points:

    • Introduction: What is your favorite drink? How many times do you drink it a week? Would you like to see how much sugar you drink?
    • Liquid calories are less filling than food so we get too many calories before feel full. Americans consume on average 150 pounds of sugar every year!
    • We always hear about how much sugar soda has, but some Iced Teas and sports drinks can have the same amount so check the nutritional label.

    Suggested Information for Café O Yea:


    Intrinsic (natural) sugar: found in whole, unprocessed foods, such as milk, fruit, vegetables, and some grains. Fruit contains fructose and milk contains lactose as naturally occurring sugars.

    Free (added) sugars: added to foods by the manufacturer, cook or consumer, and sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates.

    Recipes for alternative drinks:

    Infused water recipes (

    • Blackberry Sage Water
    • Cucumber Mint
    • Grapefruit Raspberry

    Healthy Smoothie Recipes: (

    • Green smoothie
    • Green Tea Blueberry Banana
    • Cranberry Citrus


    • World Health Organization. "Information note about intake of sugar recommended in the WHO guideline for adults and children". Retrieved from:

    • American Heart Association. "Sugar 101". Retrieved from: UCM 306024 Article.jsp

    • American Heart Association. "Frequently Asked Questions about Sugar". Retrieved from: UCM 3060725 Article.jsp

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