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Soda Drinkers Beware!

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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.
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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.

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Member Comments

  • Everything in moderation. I drink a lot if unsweetened iced tea, and add sugar. Food allergies suck, and artificial sweeteners could kill me. A can (or two) of Coca-Cola every week makes me happy and doesn’t undermine my efforts.
  • I saw a documentary once that showed a scene outside a school that had banned junk food. At lunch time parents showed up & brought chips & soda to their kids. Parents felt the school was imposing unnecessary rules in their children.
  • ETHELMERZ
    When I went to school, no vending machines for anything. Didn't have money, even if there were. Brought food from home, period.
  • I replaced drinking sodas with plain water. Do they have bottled water in the vending machines at schools too?
  • When I was in school, we couldn't buy anything out of the lunch machines during our lunch time. However we could use the vending machines before school and after school- and you could buy things before school and eat them during lunch.
  • My local high school banned unhealthy meals and sodas. However, the school was conveniently located near a pizza shop, a donut store, a fried chicken joint, and a popular hamburger chain. Kids went out for lunch. Ultimately, we need to make time in a school curriculum go teach nutrition, health, cooking, and budgeting. Healthy eating is cheaper than eating out.
  • Consumption of to much sugar daily is going to show up in our blood work no matter what its in. Common sense. Its good to have knowledge but I am not in favor of government interference. Its a parents job to direct their children in the right direction. Its our responsibility as adults for what we eat or drink.
  • I gave up soda in June, switching out to water. I lost six pounds in two weeks! Now two months out, I am much less anxious without the caffeine and sugar, and feeling so much better. Now I drink green tea in the am, water all day and a glass of red wine in the evening.

    I work in a school and felt I was setting a terrible example. Students are not allowed to bring soda to school. Hopefully, the juice will be banned too!
  • I've said for several years that they should remove all soft drinks out of the schools. My DS gained a lot of weight when He was in high school, due to the fact, that He drank soft
    drinks at school. It wouldn't hurt to put May cause diabetes on the can. Linda!
  • ONIONFLOWER
    This article begs a lot of questions. What is meant by "fruit drink"? Juice? Sparkling water with fruit juice in it? Kool-Aid?? What other lifestyle changes were made along with drinking more sodas?
    Also correlation does not necessarily imply causation. What kind of controls were in place during these studies? Were the study results peer-reviewed? (I kind of doubt it.)
    With the vagueness and innuendo in the article, the suggestion that the government should control the substance is too like a witch-hunt for my taste.
    I"m sorry to be so critical, but this article represents a step toward mindlessness and the dumbing down of the American public.
    One of the things I've been liking about SparkPeople is that it teaches me more about nutrition and fitness. This article is a real disappointment in that regard.


  • I cut soda out of my life 8 years ago.
  • As soon as I took soda out of my diet, I dropped several pounds instantly.
    It's not a conspiracy, it's plain science. Soda has an abundant amount of unhealthy and damaging ingredients.
    Sure, one on a hot afternoon isn't going to kill you. But one every day sure might.
    I noticed my body stopped craving processed sugars, I had reduced gas, and my bloating also reduced considerably.

    I tried soda again after years of eliminating it - I legitimately almost hurled. I got the worst stomach pains and I felt nauseous. It's like my body was rejecting it from its system.
    I could literally feel the sugar on my teeth.
    Bleh!
  • An icy cold can of lovely delicious diet Coke keeps me from snacking at my boring desk job, ergo it's a good thing for me.
    Honestly - if you're overweight, you eat too much. It's not aritificial sweeteners or gluten or vapor trails or the illuminati. Stop looking for excuses.
  • I gave up drinking soda 3 weeks ago as I was drinking A LOT. 3 kilograms gone in 3 weeks just from dropping it from my diet!

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Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. A certified health coach through the Cooper Institute with a master's degree in health education, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy-to-apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.