Most of us know that soft drinks aren't a health option, but let's have a closer look at the issues with these little numbers!
Clearly the amount of soft drinks we drink will have increased over the last few decades given they are an increasingly present product on our shelves. Seems we drink 300 mls per person per day. But, it's our teens that really go to town on this stuff, not that we have to tell parents, they will already know. On average adolescents drink a litre a day of soft drinks (that's 10% of their entire energy needs from just one very nutrient-poor source).
Not only do we consume more, but we have been upsized with the average size of drinks expanding from 200mls to 600mls.
So, all this said and done don't be fooled into going 'sugar-free', not only can many of these 'drinks' contain nasty compounds to provide sweetness, but the provision of sweetness without calories sends confusing signals to the body which appears to be linked to increased weight gain.
Coke and other soft drinks are part of the obesity problem
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