I'm wondering how the researchers defined soft drinks. Did they include both those containing high fructose corn syrup and those containing only cane sugar? I would imagine that these have very different health consequences (although cane sugar is still only good in moderation).
I switched from regular sodas to diet in 2003. I've tried to kick my diet soda habit - but I haven't been very good at it. I would like to ultimately get rid of it as I believe it has led to my cravings of sugary foods/carbs - which I did not really have until I switched from regular to diet. Any suggestions? I've tried just drinking more water, green tea, etc. But sometimes I just really want a nice icy diet pepsi with tons and tons of ice. And no amount of water, tea, or anything is going to fix that craving. Ideas?
When I changed my diet to the Spark Healthy Diet Plan, I gave up my 1-2 day Coke habit. I could never tolerate diet coke. That was really the only big change I made. It really made a difference in my weight loss. I still have one occassionally -- usually while traveling, but I no longer rely on my morning and afternoon wake up coke. I agree the dailly habit was a major contributor to my weight gain.
9/22/2011 11:04:12 AM
My food cravings stopped when I gave up artificial sweeteners along with the occasional diet soda. Soda (diet & regular) are being linked to more and more health risks.
not a big soda or fruit drinker love water and non-fat milk always have when were kids soda was only in the house during the holidays and at picnic's and there were not the fast food places in every block
Might explain the news showing that COKE is making their bottles (plastic) in smaller sizes. 3 oz more than a can. I think it will change their data statistics in the end nad they will come out looking like they care about our wellfair - when actually they care only about income. justthinkingoutloudhere...
9/22/2011 10:38:29 AM
My doctor told me (I am a diabetic) I could only drink Sprite Zero and after I got used to it, it's pretty good. Not bad for you like other diet drinks either.
I think that to educate children is a good idea, and we have already taken soda away from the schools here. But I think most adults who are drinking soda, know that it contains lots of calories and sugar, it is their choice. And they have ample opportunity to educate themselves on it.
A warning label? Seriously? What good is that going to do? It hasn't stopped people from continuing to smoke, I doubt it will deter them from drinking soda. Sodas and sugary drinks are only a small part of a much larger problem. As long as things are readily available, cheap and convenient, they will always be a part of life somewhere. I don't drink soda...diet or regular anymore.
I think it's ridiculous to consider putting "warning" labels on soda. I can't believe that there is any adult out there that doesn't know soda has more calories than water or diet soda! Now, as to soda in schools, I don't think it should be there. My parents never allowed us kids to drink soda. You can bet that if it were readily available in school, though, we'd have found a way to drink it! So having it in schools may be undermining parents. Just my $0.02!
My husband and I have pretty much given up soda, regular and diet. We will occasionally have one as a treat, but mostly drink either unsweetened iced tea or water. I do like some fruit juice once in a while, but I usually drink it mixed with water in a 1:1 ratio. I am NOT giving up my one cup of coffee with 1 tbsp of sugar and 1 tbsp of creamer in the morning.
I agree that warning labels do not work. If they did, there would be no smokers, no drug addicts, and no people dying from not wearing seat belts.
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