January 01, 2000
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Got soda? Ask a teenager that question, and you’re more likely to get an affirmative answer than if you had inquired about milk.

Today’s teens drink twice as much soda pop as milk; 20 years ago, the reverse was true, according to “Liquid Candy: How Soft Drinks Are Harming Americans’ Health,” a report by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Science in the Public Interest. Since the 1970s, teens’ soda pop consumption has nearly doubled. CSPI blames relentless marketing as well as dramatically increasing serving sizes. The 6.5-ounce Coca-Cola bottle of the ’50s was replaced by the 12-ounce can, which is now being supplanted by 20-ounce bottles.

Soda bottle Many teens get 15 to 20 percent of their total calories from soft drinks, squeezing out more nutritious foods and beverages from their diets, says Michael Jacobsen, executive director of CSPI. Related health concerns include osteoporosis (when soft drinks displace milk in women’s diets), heart disease (due to high sugar intake by insulin-resistant adults) and kidney stones (linked to soda pop consumption by men).


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