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Sugary- fruit, sports drinks replacing soft drinks at schools

Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Unidentified students purchase fruit drinks from a vending machine Wednesday, March 17, 2004, In Roanoke, Va.  (FILE)

Unidentified students purchase fruit drinks from a vending machine Wednesday, March 17, 2004, In Roanoke, Va. (FILE) (AP Photo/ SamDean)

The consumption of sugary sweetened soft drinks is down in the nation's schools because many schools have banished them.

That's the good news. But, the bad news, according to a study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, is sugar-saturated fruit drinks and sports drinks are taking their place. The study found the number of students who could buy a regular soda decreased overall by 50-percent, but researchers believe more work needs to be done in slimming down the sugary contents in student's diets.

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