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Diet Soda -- Is it Really an Alternative?

The first carbonated soda was bottled in 1835. Since then, the number of people drinking soda, or "pop" as Midwesterners like to call it, has skyrocketed. Today, Americans drink many sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda, fruit-flavored drinks and energy drinks. On average, we consume an extra 278 calories each day from these drinks.  Between the 1970s and 2000, Americans more than tripled the amount of sugary drinks they consumed. During this same time we have…

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