We drink soda like it's water, but it's not! A 20-ounce soda has 16 teaspoons of sugar. The average American consumes 45 gallons of sugary drinks a year. That's 39 pounds of sugar -- about as much as a 5-year-old child weighs!
What's worse, liquid calories don't satisfy hunger the way solid food calories do. As a result, the calories we drink tend to add to the calories we eat, rather than replace them.
These liquid calories have made soda and other sugary beverages a huge contributor to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and tooth decay.