Is My Soda Making Me Fat?

Is My Soda Making Me Fat?

A very good article was published by CNN.com regarding soda intake and obesity. There is a positive correlation between intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and obesity risk. This is not hard to imagine since a biggie soda may pack as many as 500 calories, as much as a quarter of our daily calorie needs. Scientists from around the nation are finding that drinking “liquid candy,” as soda is often termed in the nutrition world, provides many sugar-filled calories without adding any vitamins, minerals, or fiber to keep you full. With people drinking 2-3 times the amount of soda they used to, no wonder obesity rates have increased.
Swapping your favorite soft drink for water or a sugar-free alternative is the best way to cut these liquid calories out of your day.
You can read the whole article on CNN’s website.

Here is a calorie count on many favorite beverages:

Soda (12 oz) = 140 calories
Soda (20 oz) = 250 calories
Diet Soda (any size) = 0 calories
Sweet Tea (8 oz) = 100 calories
Fruit Juice (8 oz) = 120 calories
Kool-Aid (8 oz) = 140 calories
Gatorade (8oz) = 60 calories
Hawaiian Punch (8 oz) = 120 calories
Crystal Lite (8 oz) = 5 calories
Whole Milk (8 oz) = 150 calories
2 % Milk (8 oz) = 120 calories
1%/Skim Milk (8 oz) = 90 calories