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25% of US High Schoolers Consume Soda Daily

A new survey reveals that 25% of high school students in the US consume soda daily. High as this may seem, it is actually a great improvement from the 1990s, when 75% of high schoolers admitted to drinking sweet beverages every day.

The teens also said they frequently drank fruit juices, milk and water. This news pleased the researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you include sugary sports drinks like Gatorade, then about 66% of high schoolers may be drinking sweet beverages daily. The survey was done last year on greater than 11,000 high schoolers. The results appear in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Sugary drinks are believed to be one of the main reasons behind the childhood obesity scourge in the US. Therefore, many schools have banned the sales of artificial juice and soda on their premises.

This has led to a drop in the percentage of teens drinking soda daily. In 2009, 29% confessed to daily soda drinking, which dropped to 24% in 2010. Some health experts are recommending higher taxes on sweetened drinks.

A 20-ounce can of Coke hosts 240 calories. The researchers also speculate the actual percentage of teens drinking daily soda may be higher, as many of them may be under-reporting their actual consumption habits.

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