Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean

by Ian Pitts

Sweet Beverages in the CaribbeanOn Friday December 13th 2019, The Healthy Caribbean Coalition CSO Regional Action Team for Childhood Obesity Prevention released the 2019 Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean Infographic Series: How much sugar is in your beverage? This infographic series is an update of the 2016 HCC Sugar In The Caribbean Infographic Series which showed the sugar content of some sweet beverages available locally.

The consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) is one of the major contributors to the obesity epidemic among adults and children. In the Caribbean on average data shows that 1 in 3 children is overweight or obese. The sugar content of one serving of many popular carbonated beverages and juices far exceeds the entire daily healthy maximum sugar intake for adults and children as recommended by the WHO and the American Heart Association (AHA).

This infographic series is intended to be an educational, awareness raising tool which provides a snapshot of the sugar content of some of the drinks available in eight Caribbean islands: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. HCC congratulates the members of the CSO Regional Action Team for the development of these advocacy tools. National supporters include the Ministry of Health and Wellness in Barbados, Barbados Moves, the Barbados National NCD Commission, Saint Kitts and Nevis Moves and Trinidad and Tobago Moves. The work of the HCC would not be possible without the support of Sagicor Life Inc.

Check out the country graphics below and share on social media using the hashtags: #RethinkYourDrinkCaribbean #DrinkMoreWater.

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Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean Antigua and Barbuda
Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean The Bahamas
Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean Barbados
Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean Belize

Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean Jamaica
Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean St Kitts and Nevis
Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean St Lucia
Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean Trinidad and Tobago

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