How important are soft drinks at your house? A unique study at Cornell University may convince you to cut back, especially if you have young children.
Researchers there studied kids in age from 6 to 12 focusing on what they ate and drank for a four to six week period. Turns out, it wasn't the food that sent a red flag, but they did find an obvious link between high sugar drinks and overweight kids.
There are about a dozen teaspoons of sugar in every can of regular soda. That's why the Center for Science in the Public Interest refers to soft drinks as liquid candy. The overall concern is that early and rapid weight gain in kids can lead to more serious diseases like Type II Diabetes.