Research News

April 2012 Issue

Drink Water, Coffee, and Tea Instead of Sugary Beverages

Sugar-sweetened beverages—sodas, coffee drinks, energy drinks, bottled teas—are 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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