NutriPro All About Balance – How to provide healthier beverages to your guests

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Sodas, sweetened tea, coffee drinks, and even some juices are often loaded with added sugar – and empty calories. Add in extra-large servings and free refills, and a person could easily drink half of the day’s recommended calories in one sitting, but these “empty calories” would provide none of the important vitamins, minerals, fibre, and other nutrients our bodies need.

While the World Health Organization recommends less than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day1, one 600 ml soda with a refill provides about 30 teaspoons of sugar and nearly 500 kcal.

Tips to cut calories in drinks

  • Provide smaller portion sizes (250-300 ml), instead of 600 ml.
  • Avoid offering endless refills on sugary beverages, limiting them to one per customer.
  • Make black coffee or unsweetened iced tea the standard, leaving sugar, syrups, and whipped cream out of the drink.
  • Provide a single sugar or creamer when requested, instead of stocking the table with multiple packets.
  • Look for juices and soft drinks without added sugar.
  • Keep decadent coffee and tea drinks in the dessert section of your menu to signal their high calorie and/or fat content to guests.


1 WHO. Sugars intake for adults and children. 2015

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