Criteria for Coding Beverages

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Criteria for Coding
Beverages

Green

Water without flavoring, additives, or carbonation
< 12%, 1%, and non-fat milk (unsweetened)

  • < 3 gm sat fat, < 38% calories from fat and < 13 gm sugar per 8 oz. serving

Lactose-free and soy beverages are included if per 8 oz. serving:

  • sugar is limited to less than 12 grams
  • protein is at least 6 grams
  • calcium is 250 mg
  • provides less 5 grams total fat

< 100% fruit juice or low-sodium (<230 mg/8 oz.) vegetable juice

 

 

Rationale

Plain water is considered green as it is necessary for hydration and contributes no calories or additives.  Other beverages in this category are based on Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations (April, 2012) and are consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 

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Yellow

At least 50% of available beverage choices including water but other than 100% juice and unsweetened milk must meet yellow criteria.

  • greater than 12 oz. 100% juice fruit or vegetable juice  with between 230  and 400 mg sodium per 8 oz. serving;
  •  > 12 oz. fat free, 1% or 2 % unsweetened milk;  fat free, 1% or 2 % flavored milk with < 3 gm sat fat per 8 oz. , < 38% calories from fat  and > 13 gm sugar per 8 oz. serving and/or with artificial sweeteners;
  • any other caloric or non-caloric sweetened beverage with  < 40 calories and between 230 and 400 mg sodium per 8 oz. serving

 

 

Rationale

Beverages in this category are based on Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations (April, 2012) and are consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 

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Red

Does not meet green or yellow criteria

 

 

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