Health Impacts of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption
It's not just soda. Many people think "soda" when they hear the phrase "sugar-sweetened beverage." In fact, this category includes fruit juices, sports drinks, sweet tea, chocolate milk, sweetened coffees, and even some flavored waters. In fact, ounce for ounce, grape juice and apple juice have more sugar than cola! Water is the best choice, especially for children and teens.
Type 2 Diabetes
Research has proven a connection between type 2 diabetes and the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. African Americans and Latinos are at higher risk of developing this disease and are twice as likely to die from the disease.
Rising consumption of sugary drinks has been a major contributor to the obesity epidemic in the United States of America. Two out of three adults and one out of three children in the United States are overweight or obese (1,2) and the nation spends an estimated $190 billion a year treating obesity-related health conditions (3). A typical 20-ounce soda contains 16.3 teaspoons of sugar and upwards of 240 calories (4). People who drink this "liquid candy" do not feel as full as if they had eaten the same calories from solid food and do not compensate by eating less (5).Read more...
Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel, the hard, outer layer of your teeth. It can be a problem for children, teens, and adults. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and over time the enamel can break down. This is when cavities can form. Both children and adults are at higher risk of cavities and long-term damage to their teeth. Read more...
Heart Disease & More
Regular consumption of sugar sweetened beverages has also been linked to increases in heart disease, stroke, cholesterol and triglycerides. When children develop high levels of triglycerides, it increases their risk of cardiovascular disease. A healthy diet and exercise is critical for child development. Read more...