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Healthy Food and the City of Boston

Eating healthy foods is an important part of our well-being as individuals and as a community. The City of Boston and the Boston Public Health Commission have already developed guidelines to help guide their employees but everyone can benefit from guidance on healthy eating. Below and on the next page are summaries of the healthy food standards each entity uses now.

Summary: City of Boston Healthy Options Beverage Standards

NO to High-Calorie Sweetened Cold Beverages • Non-diet sodas • High-Calorie sweetened energy/sports drinks • Pre-sweetened tea/coffee drinks • Juice with added sugar • Sweetened water products (Unless beverage contains 1 gram or less of sugar per fluid ounce)


to diet/non-calorically sweetened beverages but, no more than 1/3 of total beverage offerings

to fruit and/or YES vegetable-based beverages if: • 100% juice • 8 ounces or less offered • 150 calories or less • No salt or low sodium to milk, soy milk and YES other milk substitutes if:

• 1% or skim milk • 12 ounces or less & offers no more than 25 grams of sugar per 8 ounce serving



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