CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sugary drinks are all over the news lately for being bad for your health. Now a local expert is weighing in on the big debate.
A judge in New York City recently struck down a law banning sugary drinks over 16 ounces. However, the city is now appealing that ruling. It got many across the country and here in North Carolina wondering just how bad are drinks like sodas and sports drinks.
According to local experts, too many sugar drinks can be have a real effect on your health. They can lead to teeth decay, obesity and heart disease.
The local dietitian says sugar can also be addictive. Once you have too much, you continue to crave foods like soda and sweets.
"Sugary drink, first of all, are empty calories. So when you're consuming empty calories, you're not getting nutrition. And they usually take the place of good items, or better items in your diet," said Cheryl Kuhta-Sutter of Presbyterian Heart and Wellness.
Kuhta-Sutter believes the possible ban in New York City is a step in the right direction.