June 25, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter
Coca-cola is more than just a tasty drink in a small harmless, red can. It is a sugary beverage filled with empty calories, chemicals, and unnecessary caffeine. The average can of soda contains 140 calories, 39 grams of sugar (almost more than kids should be having in a whole day!), between 30-50 mg of caffeine, and absolutely no nutrients. These days, teenage boys are consuming on average about 3 cans of soda a day. What’s the significance of this? Well, all this adds up to an excess of 153,000 calories a year, or a weight gain of 44 pounds per year. This doesn’t account for the fact that consuming sugary drinks naturally causes your child to crave and consume even more sugary and unhealthy foods. All of these pounds can add up fast, and ultimately lead to childhood obesity. Not to mention, soda displaces other healthy foods that your children could be eating instead. So, next time your child reaches for some soda, consider these facts and remember that those cans do add up! Why not opt for a cool, refreshing glass of water instead?