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Beverages a sneaky source of empty calories

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 10:24 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – University of Illinois Extension nutrition and wellness educator Marilyn Csernus will present “Beverages: Empty Calories or Not?” from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the DeKalb County Extension office, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore.

Beverages can be an expensive serving of empty calories. Calories in beverages are not hidden; they are often listed right on the Nutrition Facts label. Most people don’t realize just how many calories and other nutrients beverages can add to their daily intake. But there is good news: you have plenty of options to choose from in the beverage department.

Your beverage choices can make a huge difference in your daily diet. Can you recall all the beverages you drank yesterday? Most people cannot. We tend to remember the food, but not the beverages.

This class will discuss five categories of non-alcoholic beverages – water, soft drinks, fruit/vegetable juices, milk, and functional beverages – and how these beverage choices may have a direct effect on health.

The fee for this program is $5 and registration is preferred. For more information or to register, visit web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo or call 815-758-8194.

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