April 2012 Issue
Drink Water, Coffee, and Tea Instead of Sugary Beverages
Sugar-sweetened beveragessodas, coffee drinks, energy drinks, bottled teasare ubiquitous; and sugar- and calorie-laden. Evidence points out that our penchant for such sweet bottled beverages may be fueling the obesity epidemic. Sweetened drink consumption has risen by about 100 percent among young adults since the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 50 percent of the added sugars in our diets come from sodas, sports and energy drinks, coffee beverages, and fruit juice drinks. In fact, soft drinks are the single largest contributor of calorie intake in the U.S.
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