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Soda Pop Quiz

Soda's been called America's favorite drink -- but do you know the facts behind the fizz? Take our quiz to find out.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Nearly half of all American adults drink soda every day. How many glasses a day do they consume?

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The correct answer is: According to a new Gallup poll, among those who drink soda, the average amount consumed is 2.6 glasses a day.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What is the main ingredient in sweetened soft drinks?

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The correct answer is: The main ingredient in sweetened soft drinks is water. The average soft drink is 90 percent carbonated water.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

How much sugar does one can of soda provide for a typical 2-year-old?

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The correct answer is: For a typical 2-year-old, carbonated soda provides more added sugar than cookies, candies and ice cream combined. Drinking soda will greatly raise their risk for obesity. Water, 100 percent juice and milk are considered healthy beverages for children.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

How many cans of soda pop do teenage boys drink per day?

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The correct answer is: According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, boys aged 12 to 19 who drink soda average two 12-ounce soda cans per day. And, some experts say a third of teenage boys drink at least three cans of soda per day.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Kids increase their chances of becoming obese by 60 percent for each can of sugared beverages they drink every day.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Some experts say that children will increase their chances of becoming obese by 60 percent for each glass or can of sugared beverages they drink every day.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Soda causes dehydration.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Drinking soda can worsen dehydration. Sodas that contain caffeine act as diuretics, meaning that they draw water from your system.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which ingredient in soda is thought to cause the most health problems?

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The correct answer is: Soda is the main source of sugar in the average diet. The sugar intake from soda has been linked to diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Are diet sodas a healthier option than regular sodas?

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The correct answer is: Diet sodas may not be a healthier option than regular sodas. Although they are calorie free, recent studies have shown that diet sodas are still associated with weight gain, and weight gain increases risk for diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

How many pounds can you lose in a year on average by swapping your daily soda for water?

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The correct answer is: Soda is full of ingredients that contribute to weight gain, like sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Swapping that daily soda for water can help the average person lose an estimated 15 pounds a year.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which unlikely part of the body can the caffeine in soda harm?

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The correct answer is: Soda has been linked to calcium depletion in bones. It was previously believed that the acid in soda coaxed excess calcium out of bones, but recent studies have shown caffeine to be the leading cause.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Men who drink sugar-sweetened drinks have what percent higher risk for coronary heart disease than those who drank the least or none?

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The correct answer is: One observational study shows that men who drank the most sugar-sweetened drinks had a 20 percent higher relative risk of coronary heart disease than those who drank the least or none. The study looked at the lifestyle habits of more than 40,000 male health professionals. This doesn't mean there is a direct cause-and-effect relationship between sweet drinks and coronary heart disease, just an association.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: The ban on soda in New York City includes diet soda.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The Mayor of New York proposed to ban large servings of soda and other sugary drinks at restaurants, sports arenas and movie theaters. The ban, which could take effect in March 2013, would apply to sweetened drinks over 16 ounces that contain more than 25 calories per eight ounces. The ban would not affect diet soda, drinks that are at least 70 percent juice and drinks that are at least half milk or milk substitute.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Drinking large amounts of soda has been associated with violence in children.

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The correct answer is: This is true. One study suggests that high-sugar soft drinks may pose a danger to the children drinking them, as well as to their friends and family. A study of Boston high school students found an association between those who drank five or more sodas per week and violence towards peers, siblings and significant others. They were also much more likely to carry weapons.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

How many extra calories would you consume in a year if you drank one 12-ounce can of soda every day for an entire year?

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The correct answer is: If you drink one can a day for a year, you consume about 55,000 calories in soda alone.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which flavor of soda is the worst for teeth?

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The correct answer is: In one study, all carbonated drinks had some negative impact on tooth enamel, but citrus-flavored sodas showed the worst damage to teeth. Root beer had the mildest effect.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Drinking soda increases your risk for heart disease.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Drinking one or more cans of soda per day is associated with a higher incidence of heart disease risk factors, as well as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, increased belly fat and low levels of healthy cholesterol (HDL).

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

What should you add to your diet if you drink diet soda?

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The correct answer is: For every 12 ounces of soda you drink, you should increase your calcium intake by 20 milligrams—the equivalent of a few extra sips of skim milk or a few stalks of broccoli. This is because sodas can leach calcium from your bones.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Zero-calorie or diet sodas do not increase waist circumference over time.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The opposite is actually true. Zero calories doesn't mean zero impact when it comes to your weight. A recent study showed that people who drank diet sodas actually had a 70 percent greater increase in waist circumference over a few years than people who didn't drink them. Why? Sweet diet soda fuels your desire for other sweets. And drinking diet soda may fool you into thinking you have room in your diet for high-calorie treats. Like everything else, diet soda is better in moderation.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of the following sodas were linked to pre-term delivery?

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The correct answer is: According to one study, women who had at least one serving of diet soda a day while they were pregnant were 38 percent more likely to deliver pre-term than women who drank no diet soda at all. Women who drank at least four diet sodas a day were nearly 80 percent more likely to deliver pre-term. The study suggests that the artificial sweetener itself could account for the findings.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Soda consumption is higher than coffee consumption in the U.S.

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The correct answer is: This is false. According to a study by Gallup, soda consumption is not as high as coffee consumption: 64 percent of U.S. adults say they drink at least one cup of coffee daily.

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