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By the numbers: Soda in America


Perhaps no other beverage in America is so reviled and yet guzzled with such gusto.

America's love affair with the soft drink is well-documented. But so are the research studies that have piled up in recent years that suggest drinking sugary sodas have a slew of negative health effects.

To add some context to the tsunami of studies and the national debate about soda's role in U.S. health, here are some numbers to consider:

9.3: Teaspoons of sugar in a Coke. (Livestrong)

9: Maximum number of teaspoons of sugar that Americans should consume in a day, according to the American Heart Association. (AHA)

0: Number of nations that drink more soda that the U.S., per capita. (Slate)

44.7: Gallons of soda each American drinks, on average (Beverage Marketing Corporation)

375: The weight in pounds of 44.7 gallons of soda. (Gizmodo)

300: Increase in U.S. daily calorie consumption from 1977 and 2001. (Journal of the American Dietetic Association)

43: Percentage of those additional calories that came from soda. (Public Health Nutrition)

4.6: Number of years that a daily 20-ounce serving of soda can prematurely age human cells (or more specifically, telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of our chromosomes). (American Journal of Public Health)

406: Number of TV ads teens see for sugary drinks in a year (2010) (Yale report).

26: Percentage increase in likelihood that daily drinkers of one or two sugar-sweetened beverages have of developing diabetes. (California Center for Public Health Advocacy)

245 billion: Direct and indirect cost in dollars of diabetes in the U.S. (CDC)

41: Percentage of Americans who in 2002 said they actively avoid soda. (Gallup)

63: Percentage of Americans who in July 2014 said they actively avoid soda. (Gallup)

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