Editor's note: Each day in January 2008, Dietitian Heather Reese will encourage you to keep your New Year's Resolutions by giving a diet and fitness tip of the day. Beware of caloric beverages. Calories from drinks are often forgotten or ignored when counting calories. A can of regular soda or a glass of juice are around 100 calories each. And a couple drinks at your local happy hour can quickly add up to as many calories as a typical meal. See also: Tip #1: Avoid Skipping Meals
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No Relief in Diet Soda for Weight Watchers
OMG, TaB has turned fifty years old and I forgot to bake a cake. Still in all, I salute you old friend. Imagining my teen years without my go to beverage would be like forgetting my first kiss. It just ain’t gonna happen.
The memory of that colorful pink can and chemical flavor are with me still. And that clever name, why it…actually I have no idea what the name means nor have I ever met anyone who does. Never mind that though. Hoorah and happy birthday TaB.
The iconic pink can hit the market in 1963 , when diet soda was nearly unheard of. Now, all these years later, it is making a comeback although it is no longer tries to attract a primary audience of weight watching females. Whether this is by design or by coincidence, it’s all good because current studies show that diet soda actually promotes weight gain.
Oh well, happy birthday anyhow TaB.
Obese kids as young as 10 have the arterial changes of someone who has lived several decades longer . These and other abnormalities put them at significant risk for early heart disease. So we need to stop thinking that a chubby kid is cute - and we need to dig ourselves out of denial - quickly - for the sake of our kids.
So I need to stop hearing people bemoan the news that bake sales to raise money for schools have been outlawed in California schools - did you not just read the dire headlines? I need to stop hearing how kids will suffer if they can't have soda in school any more - do you not get the connection between liquid sugar and their weight and health? Finding "rigid arteries" in 10 year olds, because the arteries are filled with plaque that comes directly from their fast food/highly processed/treat filled diets is SERIOUS!! It means that they can already be at risk of a heart attack in their twenties.
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