Do you know how much sugar is in a can of soda? One 12 ounce can contains more than 9 teaspoons! Liquid sugar is the leading source of added sugar in the American diet, and Americans consume 3-6 times more added sugar than the maximum amount recommended by nutritional experts!
Drinking just one 12 ounce can of soda a day can increase your risk of dying from heart disease by nearly 33%. Cut back today and replace that can with a glass of water – if you need more flavor, try infusing your water with fresh fruits such as strawberries or lemon!
There are at least 61 different names for sugar listed on food labels, such as high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, and barley malt. It’s important to check the nutrition label for these names, because sugar is even hidden in savory foods such as pasta sauce and salad dressing!
Many people don’t realize how many calories they’re actually consuming in soda each day. It’s important to remember that nutrition labels on soda containers may only give calories for a portion of the contents. For example, if the label lists nutrition facts for an 8 ounce serving but you’re drinking out of a 20 ounce bottle, you’re consuming 2.5 times the amount of calories listed!
Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Rethink your drink and choose water over soda or energy drinks!