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Cutting Out Soda And Sports Drinks Could Dramatically Reduce Sugar Intake

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(Dr. Brian McDonough) Dr. Brian McDonough
Dr. Brian McDonough has been medical editor at KYW Newsradio for more...
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - I think it is fair to say that most of us know that too much sugar is bad for us. We also know that it can be found in soda but what about other hidden sources?

Almost 36 percent of added sugars in the American diet come from beverages.

According to nutritionists, the best suggestion is replacing sugar-sweetened drinks – those with added, and not natural, sugars – with water. These beverages, which include soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks, contribute between 300 and 500 extra calories to Americans’ diets each day.

In case you are wondering, milk and 100-percent fruit juice also contain sugars – but ones that occur naturally. This makes them a good option, and they can play a role in a healthy diet.

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