Studies link an increase in Americans' intake of sweetened drinks — especially soda and sports drinks — with an unhealthy increase in our body weight. Sweet drinks are also linked to:
- Weak bones
- Tooth decay
- Increased desire for sugar (and in some cases, caffeine)
- Rethink mealtime drinks. Drink water or milk (skim or 1%) at meals and snack times.
- Make it special. Save soda, lemonade, Kool-Aid, and punch for special occasions — no more than once a week. If you're used to drinking regular soda, switch to diet soda.
- Watch the juice. Drink 100% fruit juice — but limit yourself to one small (4 to 6 ounces) glass or juice box a day. Or, eat a piece of fruit instead. You'll get more nutrients, and feel more satisfied.
- Exercise caution. Go easy on the sports drinks — most of the time, water is best for exercise.