Here’s a great quote for you. This came from a poster that the National Soft Drink Association provided to teachers. “As refreshing sources of needed liquids and energy, soft drinks represent a positive addition to a well-balanced diet….These same three sugars also occur naturally, for example, in fruits….In your body it makes no difference whether the sugar is from a soft drink or a peach.” Seriously?
Did you like that last quote? I have another. Coca-Cola chairman and CEO, M. Douglas Ivester, defended marketing campaigns in Africa saying “Actually, our product is quite healthy. Fluid replenishment is a key to health….Coca-Cola does a great service because it encourages people to take in more and more liquids.” What’s actually happening is that people are consuming sugar, artificial coloring, and caffeine instead of the water that our bodies can’t function without.
I wonder how many people would consider reducing or eliminating the amount of soda they drink if they knew what it was doing in their bodies?
Studies have shown that obesity rates have risen in tandem with soft-drink consumption. Though carbonated beverages are not the sole cause of obesity, heavy consumption is likely to cause weight gain in many consumers and The National Institutes of Health recommends drinking water rather than sugary soft drinks to those trying to lose or control their weight. An interesting fact is that there are 3,500 calories in one pound of fat. If someone wanted to lose one pound a week they would need to cut out 500 calories per day. Do you know how many calories are in a 20 ounce bottle of Coca-Cola? 250. So by just replacing a soda a day with water, you could lose 2 pounds a month.
Carbonated beverages are the largest source of refined sugar in the American diet and refined sugar promotes tooth decay. Regular consumption of soft drinks contributes to cavities because they coat the teeth in sugar-water. There are 68 grams of sugar in a 20 ounce bottle of soda. A teaspoon of sugar is 4.2 grams. That means you are consuming the equivalent of 16 teaspoons of sugar with each bottle of soda you drink. Might want to put the dentist on speed dial.
Just in case you need a few more reasons to drink less soda. . . Heart disease is the number one killer in America and one of the contributing factors is a diet high in sugar. Studies have linked carbonated beverages with the occurrence of kidney stones. And let’s also mention caffeine. It’s a mildly addictive stimulant drug that can cause nervousness, sleeplessness, headaches, irritability, and rapid heartbeat. Caffeine also increases the loss of calcium in urine which may contribute to the risk of osteoporosis.
All that trouble in those brightly colored plastic bottles . . .
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Opting for a Peach