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Strong Evidence Links Soft Drink Consumption to Obesity, Diabetes

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The case against swigging soda just got stronger. A large systematic review reveals clear associations between consumption of nondiet soft drinks and increased calorie intake and body weight.

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Full-calorie soft drinks are also linked with reduced intake of milk and fruit and increased risk of type 2 diabetes. "Recommendations to reduce population soft drink consumption are strongly supported by the available science," concludes the review of 88 studies.

The American Beverage Association, however, presents a different view on its Web site. "It is not feasible to blame any one food product or beverage as being a sole contributor to obesity