The American Soft Drink Suicide

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  • The American Soft Drink Suicide

    I admit that there is something about that first gulp of ice cold soda on a warm day that is everything any commercial advertising the stuff claims it to be. Euphoric young men and women breaking through the water’s surface like projectiles in a summertime swimming pool with right arms extended full length and a bottle of Coke or Pepsi or whatever gripped tightly in young hands while a bit of spray flies off the logo in slow motion speed. No kidding, that first gulp can really taste like that.    

    Cut to twenty years later and those same young people are now middle-aged behemoths sitting poolside in lounge chairs as they watch their own soda charged children rocket through surface water toward that same lounge chair twenty years down the road.

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    While soda is a pretty good thirst quencher, the simple fact is that soda has no health benefits. None. Zero. It has even been referred to as liquid candy. 

    Soda is a mix of mostly sugar and empty calories that can lead to weight gain, obesity, and other health issues. Unfortunately, we in the United States 
    have had a long term love affair with soda.

    The Hard Effects of Soft Drinks

    Added sugars amount to about one-sixth of our caloric intake. Over one-third of these calories come from soda and other sweetened drinks. For instance, a twenty ounce soda has about 227 calories, and one out of every four Americans gets at least 200 calories each day from sugared drinks. Many children are taking in over 300 calories per day from sugared beverages alone. 

    In addition to sugar, most soft drinks in the United States contain high-fructose corn syrup. The majority of studies show them to be equivalent, although some research suggests that high-fructose corn syrup changes the body’s metabolism in ways that increase the possibility for heart disease or diabetes.

    For those who are troubled with diabetes or weight gain, the first logical recourse is to eliminate sweetened drinks.

    More Bad News

    Danish researchers have found that people who drank a regular soda daily for a six month period had a 132-142 percent increase in liver fat, a 117-221 percent increase in skeletal fat, and a thirty percent increase in triglyceride blood fats. 

    If you wish to ride in the soda fast lane, then Mountain Dew is your ticket. Mountain Dew is a dentist’s pot of gold because the excessive sugar levels contribute generously to cavity counts. Beyond that, the beverage contains an industrial chemical that is used as a flame retardant in plastics. This chemical has been associated with memory loss and nerve disorder if consumed in large quantities.

    It is also suspected that as the chemical builds up in body fat, it can possibly contribute to behavioral problems, infertility, and lesions on the heart muscle. Do the dew, and don’t forget the ice.    


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Published On: December 21, 2013