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Pop goes nutrition

Despite the dairy industry’s clever advertising, teens are twice as likely to grab a can of carbonation than they are a glass of milk. In fact, soft drinks provide as much as 20 percent of some adolescents’ daily calories. Even toddlers are catching on. By some estimates, one-fifth of 1- and 2-year-olds drink soda pop. What’s the big deal?

  • Most soft drinks have 150 calories, as many as 11 teaspoons of sugar and no nutritional value.
  • Drinking soda instead of milk or juice deprives the body of essential vitamins and nutrients.
  • The caffeine in soda robs the body of calcium, a mineral necessary for bone and teeth growth and strength.
To wean kids off soda, limit the amount of soft drinks you bring into the house and encourage your family to drink more water, juice and milk.