Sugary Drink Resources


Sugary drinks
 - regular soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, flavored waters, sweetened teas, and fruit drinks - are sweetened with sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, or other calorie-laden sweeteners. They are a significant source of nutrition-less or "empty" calories in the American diet and a significant contributor to chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and fatty liver disease.

Concerned policy makers, community leaders, and public health professionals across the country are considering a variety of policies to reduce consumption, including legislation to levy excise taxes on sugary drinks. Since November 2014, Mexico and seven U.S. local governments, including Berkeley and San Francisco, CA, and Philadelphia, PA, have adopted sugary drink taxes. Research indicates that if sugary drink taxes are large enough they can reduce consumption. In addition, the public health community is calling for the revenue from these taxes to be used on obesity prevention, anti-hunger, early care and education, and health and wellness initiatives.

Sugary Drinks FACTS report

American Heart Association age-based recommendations for sugary drink consumption

The links below provide a wide range of information on the public health benefits of taxing sugary drinks, as well as other policy efforts to reduce the consumption of beverages with added sugars.