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Some kids claim that they need a Coke to start off the day Many students include a soft drink as part of their lunch at school Or at the end of a long school day at the soft drink machine students line up to buy cans of cola It is also very common to grab a can out of the fridge to drink with your dinner Does this sound like your lifestyle See how quickly it can add up Soft drinks are more popular than coffee tea and juice combined In fact one of every four beverages consumed today is a soft drink Averaging out to over 56 gallons of soft drinks per year for every man woman and child But did you know that soft drinks pose many health risks both because of what they contain for example sugar caffeine and various additives and what they replace in the diet like beverages and foods that provide vitamins minerals and other nutrients Regular soft drinks provide youths and young adults with immense amounts of sugar and calories Both regular and diet sodas affect Americans and Canadians intake of various minerals vitamins and additives As teens have doubled or tripled their consumption of soft drinks they cut their consumption of milk by more than 40 People who drink soft drinks instead of milk or other dairy products likely will have lower calcium intakes Low calcium intake contributes to osteoporosis a disease leading to fragile and broken bones One reason aside from the advertising for increasing consumption is that the industry has steadily increased container sizes An extra soft drink a day gives a child a 60 greater chance of becoming obese This is independent from the foods we eat how much time we spend watching TV or the amount of exercise A study done indicates that sugar is slightly less fattening than fat Except sugar in drinks can be deceptive because the beverages are less filling
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