One 12 oz soda a day equals 35 pounds of sugar per year, officials say

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. - Wednesday, was Rethink Your Drink Day.

Fresno County Department of Public Health held a free event to show the importance of replacing sugary beverages with healthier options.

Energy drinks, coffee, and soda, beverages like these account for 47 percent of all added sugars consumed in the U.S. population, according to consumer reports.

"Sugar is poison for your body," Diana Burrell, a resident, said.

Burrell said it's rare for her to drink anything with sugar.

"Honestly, I drink water, unsweetened tea, or black coffee," she said.

The Fresno County Department of Health and the Champions for Change are encouraging those who might consume sugary drinks on a daily basis, at the Rethink Your Drink Day event.

"We're encouraging residents to drink more water," Susie Rico-Vasquez, a health educator for Fresno County Department of Health, said.

Local health officials said water infused with fruit can help too.

They said it provides nutrients that our bodies need to recuperate and function on a day to day basis.

Another reason, Fresno County health officials said one 12 ounce of soda a day, per year, can lead to roughly 35 pounds of sugar in your body, which contributes to extra weight gained.

Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco have implemented a "Sweetened Drink" tax, according to

consumer reports. It ranges from 1 to 2 cents per ounce. 

While it might not seem like much, it can bump up the price of a "sugary" drink by more than 75 percent, according to consumer reports.

As of right now, Fresno County said there are no plans to implement that kind of tax here.

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