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“At this point, sugary beverages are the number-one problem in the American diet.  They’re the number-one source of calories on average.  Sugary beverages are also the number-one sales item in terms of dollars in grocery stores, and a lot are consumed at McDonald’s and other fast food places.  They’re like cigarette smoking.  They’re only bad and they have no redeeming virtue.  And the adverse effects are weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, gout, cavities and maybe some cancers as well.  Even fruit juice is a problem.  It’s associated with a higher risk of diabetes.  And you’d expect that because fruit juice has about the same number of calories per serving as Coke or Pepsi, and it will have the same metabolic effect.  Some nutrients come along with fruit juice, but there’s a big metabolic price to pay for getting nutrients that you could get from foods that have fewer calories.   And most people are getting those nutrients anyway, so two glasses of orange juice a day doesn’t have many health benefits and has many harms.”

Walter Willet
Chair, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health

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