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Softdrinks in supermarket

Softdrinks in supermarket (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  • On average, Americans eat about 22 teaspoons of sugars daily (355 kcal).
  • Most of the sugar we eat comes from added sugars during processing from soft drinks, cakes, cookies, fruit punch and dairy desserts.
  • Between 1970 and 2000, consumption of caloric soft drinks increased 70% and has resulted in an intake of 34 teaspoons (549 kcal) of added sugar daily in children 14-18 years old.
  • The “supersizing” trend is contributing to this problem.  For example, in the 1950’s a typical soft drink serving was a 6.5 oz. bottle.  Today, a 20 oz. bottle is a typical serving.  This change alone contributes 170 extra calories of sugar to the diet.
  • Drinking 1 bottle per day for a year amounts to 62,050 extra calories and an estimated 17-18 pound weight gain.
  • High intakes of sugar (especially fructose) have been associated with increased blood triglyceride levels, increased LDL-cholesterol  levels and decreased HDL-cholesterol, conditions associated with cardiovascular disease risk.


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