According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), soft drinks and other sweetened beverages are the biggest source of added sugars to the American diet. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that drinking one 12-ounce regular soft drink each day, in addition to one's normal diet, could lead to a 15-pound weight gain in one year.
Children who drink soft drinks and highly sugared beverages are less likely to drink milk, putting them at risk for poor bone health.
In addition to concerns about obesity and bone health, soft drinks and highly sugared beverages increase the risk of dental cavities and enamel erosion. What you can do
- Reduce access to sweetened beverages and make water available.
- Serve low-fat milk with meals and water between meals—limit 100 percent fruit juice to one small glass a day.
- Limit sweetened beverages, such as pop and sports drinks, to special occasions.
- Feed infants only breast milk during the first six months.
- Be a good role model—limit your consumption of sweetened beverages.