Drinks - get plenty of water
Water - Our bodies need water – so it is a priority over sugary drinks.
Aim to reduce soft-drinks and other sugar drinks that have no nutritional benefits and just unnecessarily add kilojoules / calories.
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks when you’re thirsty. Regular soft-drinks, energy or sports drinks, and other sweet drinks usually contain a lot of added sugar.
- How much water is enough? Let your thirst be your guide. Water is an important nutrient for the body, but everyone’s needs are different. Most of us get enough water from the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. A healthy body can balance water needs throughout the day.
- Drink plenty of water if you are very active, live or work in hot conditions, or are an older adult.
- Water is usually cheap. You can save money by drinking water from the tap at home or when eating out.
Tea is also a good choice. Plain or with milk. But no sugar. The message is moderation! Too many cups in the day can cause a racing heart, and caffeine (from too much tea and coffee) can make you a bit dehydrated. Herbal tea is fine in moderation for most people. Some herbal teas have compounds that can affect blood glucose or affect medications, check with your healthcare professional or pharmacist.
Fruit juice - All fruit juice, even when it is labeled ‘no added sugar’ contains fructose. If you occasionally choose to have juice, choose ‘100% fruit juice’ and limit to one small glass (100 ml). Be sure to include it as part of your overall daily fruit intake
Milk and soy milk (see dairy)
Stay hydrated throughout the day – water is great. Stay away from sugary drinks.