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This summer, join our challenge to “Rethink Your Drink” and pledge to consume one less sugar-sweetened beverage daily.
Recent research shows that sugar consumption has increased by more than 30% in the U.S over the last three decades, with almost half of the added sugar coming from sugar-sweetened beverages.
The American Heart Association recommends adult males consume less than 9 teaspoons (36 grams) of sugar daily and for women to aim for no more than 6 teaspoons (24 grams) daily. However, the average adult consumes about 17 teaspoons of sugar each day which is 2-3 times the daily recommended value!
Excessive sugar increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, cognitive problems (including Alzheimer's and dementia), colon cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and kidney disease. We are biologically programmed to want sugar because up until a few hundred years ago, we only saw it seasonally in fruit and honey.
Like any other drug of addiction, daily sugar consumption builds tolerance, resulting in individuals needing more sugar to get that same sweet sensation, which continues the cycle.
NorthShore wants to help you get started on this new path! Take a few minutes to watch this video and check out the recipes for naturally sweetened iced tea from NorthShore dietitian Elyse Roel, RD.
To brew the tea, add all ingredients to a pitcher, cover, and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. Remove the tea bags after 12 hours and serve over ice.
Green or Blackberry Mint Iced Tea:
Peach Mint Green Iced Tea
Herbal Cucumber Watermelon Iced Tea