Learn About Our New Beverage Guidance

“Since sugar-sweetened beverages are the greatest contributor of added sugars in the American diet, we aimed to evolve our guidance to identify beverages that provide hydration, without increasing the risk of chronic disease,”

Leslie Fischer, PhD, MPH, RD, a member of the Guiding Stars Scientific Advisory Panel.

Enhanced Guidance for Beverages

  • Beverages are evaluated based on a 12oz serving size.
  • Star-earning beverages provide hydration, promote good health, and prevent chronic disease.
  • Examples of Star-earning beverages include water, seltzer, unsweetened tea, unsweetened coffee, coconut water, kombucha, and 100% juice.

More Star-earning beverages choices

Guiding Stars is backed by science and built for speed, so you can quickly make the best beverage choices as you shop!

Beverages that earn the best possible rating of 3 Guiding Stars, contain no sweeteners, no additives to limit, and no added sodium.

Calorie-free beverages, like water and seltzer, can now earn Guiding Stars.

What does the Beverage Algorithm examine?

Beverages Algorithm

Live Active Cultures
Added Sugars
Natural Sugars
Saturated Fat
Added Sodium
Additives to Limit

Questions on the Beverages Algorithm