Bulletin TodayMy parents tell stories of the once-a-week (if that) treat that soda was for them growing up, but by the time I reached childhood, there was an extra icebox in the basement just for Pepsi, Coke and Country Time Lemonade. Sodas and other sugar-sweetened drinks have become the go-to beverages for many of us—according to the CDC, about half of Americans consume them on any given day. Diet drinks weren’t included in the study (while diet beverages might not have the calories and sugars of ‘the real thing,’ they are associated with their own health risks), but as it stands, the average grown man gets an extra 175 calories per day from sugary drinks; the average woman, 94 calories.
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