Soft drinks in Canada - additional information
Soft drinks belong to the non-alcoholic beverage industry and are commonly defined as beverages which are made of carbonated water, artificial sweetener and a variety of flavoring agents. The soft drink category often also includes non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages such as juice, bottled water, sports and energy drinks, and sometimes coffee and tea.
The consumption of soft drinks has been heavily criticized in recent years due to the large amount of sweeteners and sugar contained in the beverages which are commonly associated with obesity, diabetes and dental cavities. During the past decade, the share of Canadian adults that are overweight or obese, based on BMI, increased constantly from 49.4 percent in 2005 up to 54 percent in 2014.