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Sugar-sweetened beverages – major determinants of obesity and diabetes

Sugar-sweeted drinks are popular among teenagers and young adults. Accoring to a study, 70% of males between 2-19 years of age have a sugary drink on a daily basis, along with 60% of their female counterparts. Fifty-five percent of older men drink sugary beverages daily, along with 40% of older women.

Health authorities say that soft drinks, fruit juices in cans, tetrapacks and plastic bottles as well as energy or sports drinks and iced tea and other sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) contain as much as 7 teaspoons of added sugar in every 8-ounce glass. Moreover, a can of soft drinks sized 12-fluid ounces contains 10 teaspoons of added sugar, or 150 calories!

Research shows that sugary drinks are one of the major determinants of obesity and diabetes. Another study reveals that high consumption of sugary drinks increases the risk for heart disease, the number one killer of men and women in the U.S.

A TIMELY MESSAGE: Drop this unhealthy habit of taking sugary drinks. Make healthy drinking your personal priority!

Start by choosing beverages with few or no calories. Water is best.

Let us teach our kids to bring to school water bottles boosted with flavors like cucumber, lemon or citrus fruits.

Let us start them young, imbibing Healthy Drink, Gawing Habit — FOR LIFE!

(From the The Nutrition Source)

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