Soda and Sugar
Soda, itself, is a big part of the problem of poor nutrition, representing, as it does, hundreds of empty calories per day that contribute to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
For soda-consuming folks, these beverages provide from nine to 18 percent of total calorie intake and displace more-nutritious foods and beverages from the diet.
Teenagers, for example, drink twice as much soda as they do milk, a nearly reverse relationship from the consumption patterns of 20 years ago. For each additional can or bottle of soda consumed per day, over time, the risk of obesity and related health conditions increases by 160 percent.
In addition, soda consumption also contributes to poor bone health. Because most girls, for example, have inadequate calcium intakes, they are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis (brittle bones) as they age and have an increased risk for broken bones while they are still young. Those who drink soda have a three-to-four times higher risk of bone fracture that do those who don’t drink soda.