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The soft drink story didn't begin in 2007. A study released at the very end of 2006 showed that little girls who drank lots of sweetened soda were more likely to become obese teens.
The story isn't likely to end here, either. But that's not likely to change the advice from Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, director of nutrition for WebMD. Zelman's bottom line: Soft drinks, even those fortified with vitamins and minerals, aren't health food. They can be enjoyed by healthy people -- but only in the context of a balanced diet and an active lifestyle.