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?READ MORE: Police Asking For Help Identifying Man Wanted In Strawberry Mansion Hit-And-Run That Killed 8-Year-Old Boy
Almost 36 percent of added sugars in the American diet come from beverages.READ MORE: Open For Business: Spike's Trophies Focusing On Wins After Dealing With Major Losses During Pandemic
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.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Agrees To Equip All Officers With Tasers Year After Police Killing Of Walter Wallace Jr.
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.