America's Affair With Soda
America's Affair With Soda
Perhaps our love has downgraded to infatuation, and soon the affair will end. It has been going on for some time now. While the romance of it all had been blatant enough, the consequences of our love alluded us for for quite a while.
Even when we discovered it was wrong, we kept returning despite the fact that people were getting hurt. The attraction was so great that we didn't seem to care. To break away would be too painful. The thought alone was uncomfortable.
We have been caught in the act though, and many of us are ashamed. How did we ever let it happen to begin with? But now we have ended it because... well, we became fat. Some of us even have diabetes. We have also incrreased our risk for heart attack, stroke, and cancer.
I am of course talking about soda.
What did you think I meant?
First, the Good News
In 1998, we drank an average of 51 gallons of soda. We currently drink 44 gallons. That is a decrease of 20%. Soda sales dropped by 3% in 2013, the largest dcrease in history. Sugarless diet soda sales dropped by 6% in 2013 even though government studies concluded they were safe to drink. This is all welcome news if you are among the many who think that drinking soda is bad business, and there are a great number of people who do.
Soda has been defined as liquid candy and demonized by those who believe that it contributes to health problems, most specifically overweight and obesity. It has no nutritional value and is suspected to accelerate aging, cause certain kinds of cancer, and cause belly fat to name but a few negatives attributed to sugary drinks. Given these possibilities, it is little wonder why so many hail the decline in soda consumption.
The Not So Good News
A survey of adults conducted in eighteen states found that 17% are drinkning at least one soda per day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rates varied widely across the states. For instance, 12% of people living in New York state or in Hawaii drink one or more non-diet sodas daily while that number increases to 30 and 32% in Tennessee and Mississippi.
The study also showed that the typical soda drinker is younger and black and Hispanic males. One in every four people between the ages of 18 and 34 drank one or more sodas per day compared to just 10 percent of people who are 55 or older.
Twenty-one percent of African-Americans and almost twenty-three percent of Hispanics drank one or more sodas daily. The percentage for white people was under sixteen. Researchers from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention believe that education about the poor nutritional value of soda might help to alter the situation.
In addition, researchers pointed out that factors such as poverty, cultural issues, and limited access to healthy food and drinks could be factors in the disparity of soda consumption between the states.
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