... Per day, the average teenager consumes between 10 and 15 teaspoons of refined sugar via soda—which, according to government standards, is about their daily requirement for all foods. This amount of sugar without additional nutrition is why Coke is known as having "empty calories."
Beverages like Coca-Cola are part of the American lifestyle, like cheeseburgers and apple pie. Even though they contain little more than sugar and water, they can still be part of a balanced, nutritious diet if used moderately for special occasions. But to have the country's mayors be my mother's surrogates? Sorry, but my real mother is far more prettier.