by Lori Alton, NaturalHealth365
Water consumption may be on the rise, but many Americans are still not ready to give up their colas. With soda sales, inside the United States alone, rising to $77.4 billion in retail sales by 2014 – soda remains by far the largest non-alcoholic beverage category in dollar terms. According to Beverage Digest, Coke is leading the pack.
All those fizzy refreshments come at a cost to the consumer, and not just in the pocketbook. Sugary sodas are known to be a major contributor to a number of ills, including type 2 diabetes to tooth decay and obesity.
About half the US population downs sugary sodas on a daily basis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most soda enthusiasts know they shouldn’t be consuming all of that sugar. But they are likely unaware of just how much they are subjecting their bodies to each day – simply due to their choice of beverage.
Put into perspective, the World Health Organization recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar on a daily basis. But just one can of cola packs a whopping 10 teaspoons of sugar, nearly double the maximum recommended consumption for the whole day.
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