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To-go cup and straw​​The size of food portions has grown extremely large, and as they’ve ballooned, beverage sizes have too. Nowhere is this increased beverage size more noticeable than at fast food restaurants and convenience storesThe monster-sized cups and free-flowing soda fountain motivate you to drink more and more sugar, which can be dangerous for your

A super-sized drink at your favorite fast food restaurant can be about 32 oz. (28 oz. filled with regular soda and 4oz ice). That large drink can have more than 22 teaspoons of sugar and more than 364 calories!

And that’s just your drink! If the soda fountain is your only option, pick the smallest drink size available, use plenty of ice, and fill it with diet soda instead of regular. Better yet, order the largest cup size and fill it with water.

Don’t forget to read before your refresh! Be sure to look at the ingredient list and check for any sugar code words, but also check the nutritional facts label for the serving size of your beverage.

If you buy a drink at the convenience store that says it only has 50 calories per serving, it’s important to know just how much a single serving is. Often a single serving is only half or 1/3 of a bottle. If you’re not careful, you could end up drinking a lot more calories than you think if you drink the whole bottle.

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