Soft Drinks Facts: More Interesting and Important Knowledge

A soft drink is a drink that typically contains carbonated water, a sweetener, and a natural or artificial flavoring. The sweetener may be sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice, sugar substitutes, or some combination of these. (By Wikipedia)


  • Over 10.7 million Californians over the age of one drink at least one soda a day (or other sugar-sweetened beverage).
  • 41% of children ages 2-11 drink at least one soda or other sugar-sweetened beverage every day.
  • That number goes up to 62% of adolescents ages 12-17.
  • Only 1 in 4 adults drinks pop though.
  • Adults who do drink one or more sodas or other sugar-sweetened beverages each day are 27% more likely to be overweight or obese.

  • The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day, vs the recommended 5-9. That 200-400% more than recommended.
  • If you think that's a high number, just one 20 fl oz single use bottle of soda has 17 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Almost half of the additional calories growth in our diet since the 1970's come from soda.
  • Each American consumes an average of 50 gallons of sugar sweetened soft drinks per year.

  • Soda is the #1 source of added sugar in the American Diet.
  • Two thirds of all High Fructose Corn Syrup goes into soft drinks.
  • The average size of a soda increased from 6.5 oz in the 1950's to 16.2 oz today (149% increase!)
  • Milk consumption, on the other hand has decreased by 33% in the last 30 years.
  • Each additional daily serving of soda increases a child's chance risk for obesity by 60%.
  • In the last 25 years, the obesity rate in California rose from 8.9% to 24.3%. That's one in four Californians!
  • The cost in medical and health expenses to the state is estimated at $41 billion.