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Studies consistently show a link between sugar-sweetened beverage and risk of cancer, obesity, and other health risks.

A study that was published from Washington University recently followed over 90,000 people for 25 years. The study showed that those who consumed at least 2 servings per day had more than double the risk of colon cancer. Also, the risk rose 16% with each additional serving per day. Pay attention to your serving size. A 20 oz bottle of soda is 2.5 servings.

Consuming foods and beverages in moderation is usually the way to eliminate negative health risks, but if you think just 1 cola per day is moderate, you’re wrong. The amount of soda that the study participants consumed that did not lead to an increased risk of cancer was less than one serving PER WEEK.

So, how do we kick the cola craving?

Is it the fizz you miss? Try a sparkling water.

Is it the caffeine you miss? Try a green tea.

Is it that sweet sugary pick-me-up? Have a healthy source of sugar such as a piece of fruit.

Is it the flavor? There are many flavor additive options to try and add to your water or sparkling water.

My favorite? Cucumber water.

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