Wednesday, June 08, 2011
First let me start with the article that kicked me off …
Soda Drinkers Beware!
Nutrition News Flash
-- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian
Studies now correlate an increase in certain health risks with soda consumption. For four years researchers tracked the soda drinking habits of 50,000 women. When women went from drinking one regular soda drink a week to at least one a day, they gained an average of 10 pounds over the 4-year period. An increase in body weight was also seen when using fruit drinks, but not when diet soft drinks where consumed. In another study of 90,000 women, those who drank soda or fruit drinks daily had about twice the risk of developing diabetes compared to those who drank soda less than once a month.
Currently, the federal government is considering its first-ever warning that soft drinks can cause unhealthy weight gain. While soda sales have nearly doubled during the past 20 years, so has the percentage of obesity. Battle lines are being drawn and the debate is heating up.
Should a warning be issued concerning weight gain and soda consumption?
Should there be a ban on soda commercials during children’s television programs?
Should soda be eliminated at school? Currently the sale of soda helps fund many school activities.
There is strong evidence linking the consumption of soda and fruit drinks to obesity. An occasional soft drink presents no problem, but one or more a day could be disastrous to your diet plan.
Now … after reading this I hope that you see what I see… I knew that drinking soda wasn’t exactly a good thing but I didn’t realize how it has effected society. I am not even sure that people know what they are putting into their bodies when they do drink it. I am not sure, even though the nutritional information is listed on the side of the can, I find that it can be a bit misleading. Most people, when they read the side of the can and they see the amount of sugar, they think that this is for the whole can, when in most cases, it is only for half the can and they have to double the amount of sugar seen on the label to get accurate amounts of sugar in the can for the whole can. I mean seriously! I don’t understand why the government isn’t making them list the nutritional information for the whole can.
I know someone that drank soda regularly and didn’t think that it was effecting her diet all that much until she really look a good look at the labels and couldn’t believe what she saw… with all of the soda she was drinking everyday, it came out to be 12 cups of sugar. O.O 12 cups of sugar when your recommended amount of refined sugar you are suppose to intake is the size of a golf ball …not even one cup.
If adults don’t know what they are doing to their bodies, I am positively sure that the children don’t know what they are doing to their bodies either. I try really hard to educate my children. They are only 4 and 6 but they understand a whole lot more than people give them credit for. I tell them why they should only drink soda on special occasions because it will eat the enamel off their teeth and cause cavities, and it could make them very unhealthy …. running would be a whole lot harder and playing outside won’t be as fun anymore if you are unhealthy … they agree and say they want to stay healthy and strong
I think that all soda should be removed from the schools and other high sugar fruit drinks. I think that children would like flavored waters just as good. My kids friends come over and they love the flavored waters and fruit tray that I usually have readily available … I think that given the chance, kids want to eat right … the problem is the adults…
Time to step up parents… lets teach our kids so that they have an easier time than we are having with weight and diet! Make America Thin!!! Get them young!