Even though the total amount of soda pop sold in the U..S is equal to every American drinking 3 quarts per week, I’m holding out for a better way to endure a stress-filled day.
Almost every week a new soda/energy drink study warns of another health risk linked to soft drinks. I know and see educated people still downing these things as if keeping their eyes open that day depended on just one more drink.
In fact, soda pop and alcoholic beverages have a lot in common. Alcohol is often referred to as a hard drink where soda is called a soft drink. Additionally, many soda’s contain some alcohol. In the US, soft drinks are allowed by law to contain up to 0.5% alcohol. It’s no wonder that soda’s have been linked to kidney and liver damage, heart attacks, strokes, as well as elevated blood pressure.
Is it the carbon dioxide (stuff we breath out) or the high fructose corn syrup (linked to obesity and high blood pressure) or the sugar substitutes (known neuro-toxins) or it could be the caffeine (a stimulant) or phosphoric acid (bone de-mineralizer) or the other preservatives not required to list?
Regardless of exactly what it is IN a “cola” that causes the “internal medical alert button” in health advocates to go off, three facts are clear:
1. Between the years of 1977 to 2002, Americans doubled their consumption of soda, while the obesity rate during that same time doubled too. Those who “just have to have their Coke” most always have their BMI fall in the overweight range (25-29.9) and in the obese range (over 30 with morbidly obese over 40).
2. Those people who are healthiest (BMI, cholesterol, fitness levels, stress tests, etc.) DO NOT drink soda on a regular basis. It may be that people who have unhealthy lifestyles also tend to drink soda, but regardless if “unhealth” or soda came first doesn’t matter here – drinking soda regularly is not a habit of the healthy.
3. Those who drink soda daily, drink less water daily. Drinking adequate water and staying hydrated is one of the top habits of those who have the physical and mental stamina to resist illness, infection, disease, fatigue and stress.
Remember, When Your Body Works, Your Life Works!
Alternatives to soda: Bionade, Oogave, Kombucha, Water with lemon/lime/orange, ice herb tea
1. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently put out guidelines limiting the sale of sugary snacks and drinks in school, so it’s up to parents to monitor their children’s sugar consumption at home. http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/sugary-drinks-break-kids-8217-habit-183300199.html