If you or your grandkids can’t go cold turkey and give up your soda-fix, here's what you can do:
• Try drinking smaller serving sizes. Order small serving sizes at restaurants, or split a can of soda with someone. Keep in mind that one twelve-ounce can has about 10 teaspoons (more than 3 tablespoons) of sugar. New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg has actually banned sales of 16-ounce sodas!
• Cut the soda with seltzer, gradually increasing the amount of seltzer.
• Switch to water, unsweetened tea, or seltzer. Flavor with lemon, lime, or fresh mint.
• Drink 100% fruit juice. While it does have sugar, it also has healthful nutrients, as opposed to soda’s empty calories. If you miss the carbonation, add seltzer.