- Americans consume about 300 more calories per day than Americans did a generation ago. Soft drinks account for half of the increase.
- The average American consumes over 50 gallons of soft drinks each year.
- A child's risk for obesity increases 60% with each additional daily serving of soda.
- Soft drink intake is associated with lower intakes of fruit, dietary fiber, and calcium.
- Sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugar in the American diet.
- The average American consumes 132 calories per day of High Fructose Corn Syrup.
- Soda consumption may increase the risk of hypertension, diabetes, and tooth decay.
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