July 2016 Issue

Better Beverage Choices

When it comes to quenching thirst, calories do count.

It’s not much of a secret that drinking sugary beverages isn't the best thing for your waistline or your health. And, even though the use of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in the U.S. is declining, it’s still high. SSBs—which include soda, fruit drinks, and energy and vitamin water drinks—are the top source of added sugar and the single largest source of calories in the American diet. Half of U.S. adults drink at least one 12-ounce SSB per day, an amount linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

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