07 Sep '11, 11am

We get nearly 10% of our calories from soft drinks. Even worse: Our government is OK with it.

We get nearly 10% of our calories from soft drinks. Even worse: Our government is OK with it.

Photo: Like the Grand Canyon On average, Americans now get nearly 10 percent of their calories from soda and other sugary beverages. This news comes from a new report released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . Teens and young adults (aged 12-40) drink more soda compared to younger and older people on average, as do the poor. The elderly and those with above-average incomes drink the least. Okay, so maybe learning that half of all Americans drink a sugar-sweetened beverage on any given day doesn't rock your world -- although, heaven help us, it's becoming harder to deny that soda has indeed become a staple food . But the fact that 5 percent of Americans over the age of 2 (!!) drinks four or more cans of soda every day is alarming. That amounts to over 550 calories -- just from the sweetener in soda! (And statistics wonks take note: Consumption appears to f...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food/2011-09-07-surprise-americans-a...

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