Americans drinking hundreds of extra calories per day

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Sodas contain extra caloriesSodas and fancy coffee drinks may be adding hundreds of additional calories to people’s daily intake, new research suggests.

Findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveal that Americans consume around 300 calories a day from sweetened beverages, HealthDay News reports.

And the caloric intake has risen over the past two decades. According to the data, people are drinking approximately 50 extra calories per day, compared to the 1980s.

Study author Sara Bleich suggested that cutting down on mochas, sodas, smoothies, energy drinks and similar sweetened beverages could provide "an easy way" to shed unwanted pounds – at a rate of around 2.5 pounds a month for the average person.

She said that availability and sizing have contributed to the increase in calorie intake.

"Sugar-sweetened beverages are everywhere. And … the container size has increased, so that on any given consumption occasion, people are drinking more," Bleich explained.

Meanwhile, the latest data from the Bureau of Health Statistics indicates that 34 percent of Americans now qualify as obese.
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