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How H2O Can Fight Obesity

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A scary statistic: Kids in the United States consume—on average—235 garbage calories from sugar-sweetened drinks on a daily basis, according to a recent diet analysis of American youth.

Interestingly, when these drinks are cut out, the average child does not make up for them by eating or drinking more calories elsewhere, say the researchers, from Columbia University in New York.

Their study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, states that every 1 percent drop in soft drink intake correlated to more than six fewer calories in a person’s diet.

The bottom line: The healthiest drink you can offer your young ones—and yourself—is zero-calorie, hydrating ice water.

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David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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Tags: Calories, Hydration, Beverages, Youth Fitness, Family, Health