(HealthDay News) — Sugary drinks have been linked to a number of chronic diseases and conditions, says the American Heart Association.

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For those struggling with cutting back on drinks such as soda or lemonade, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services suggests:

  • Limit sugary drinks to special occasions.
  • Choose water or low-fat milk instead.
  • Carry water with you.
  • Make water tasty and fun by adding lemon or mint.

The heart association says diet soda can help sugary drink lovers cut back, but water is still the healthiest choice.

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