Health Buzz: Half of Americans Consume a Daily Sugary Drink

By: Angela Haupt

Sugary Drinks Add Hundreds of Daily Calories to Our Diet

On any given day, half the people in the United States guzzle a sugary beverage like soda, sports drinks, or sweetened bottled water. That translates into 175 extra daily calories for men and 94 extra calories for women, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 70 percent of teens and young adults drink a sugar-laden beverage each day, making them the most frequent consumers. The habit costs boys ages 12 to 19 an extra 273 calories a day and girls an extra 171. Interestingly, higher earners opt for fewer sugary drinks than do those in lower-income brackets. And Mexican Americans and blacks drink more sugary drinks than whites do. The findings are worrisome, experts say, because sugary drinks contribute to childhood obesity, diabetes, and other health problems. The American Heart Association recommends getting no more than 450 calories a week from sweetened drinks, the amount found in approximately three cans of soda, NPR reports.

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