What You May Not Know About Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) are any type of drinks that are sweetened with added sugars, such as brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, raw sugar, and sucrose (1,6). This includes, but are not limited to, regular soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened waters, also coffee and tea beverages with added sugars (1). SSB usually contains high calories but it will not make you feel as full as if you had eaten the same calories from solid food. There is a research (2) that explained about sugar content of SSB per serving of product in Indonesia by sampling 91 SSB products from a popular convenience store. On an average, the amount of sugar per serving was 22.8 g or 86.3 g/1000 ml. Sugar in sports drinks had the highest contribution to energy of products (93.33%). read more