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Southern Nevada Health District encourages Soda Free Summer

Southern Nevada Health District encourages Soda Free Summer

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Aug 7, 2014

The Southern Nevada Health District's 2nd annual Soda Free Summer Initiative is underway to encourage children and adults to choose healthier beverages and reduce or eliminate sugary drinks from their diets.

Soda Free Summer pledges are available on the Get Healthy Clark County website.

Sugar sweetened beverages are the single largest source of added sugars in the American diet. The average American consumes nearly 42 gallons of sweetened beverages a year, the equivalent of 39 pounds of extra sugar.

A 20-ounce bottle of soda contains the equivalent of approximately 16 teaspoons of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends that Americans consume no more than six to nine teaspoons of added sugar per day.

Adults and children can reduce their risk of obesity and obesity-related illnesses, diabetes, tooth decay and even gout by making healthier beverage choices such as water, fat-free or 1 percent milk, seltzer or unsweetened tea or coffee.

Cutting out one can of soda per day can reduce caloric intake by about 150 calories and 10 teaspoons of sugar.

Source: SNHD