Source: NY Daily News, originally from The Renegade Pharmacist.
Why is this subject important for Yelm Community Blog readers?
* Sodas are a large sales-tax revenue item from local grocery/convenience stores.
* Soda consumption is linked to diabetes, obesity, tooth decay, heart disease.
* Soda consumption affects the health of our town, especially children and teens.
– “40 Ways Soda is Killing You”
“A single 12-ounce can of soda packs an average of 39 grams of sugar — that’s more than three times the amount you’d get in a Krispy Kreme glazed donut, and yet, we’re still drinking the stuff by the gallon. The CDC reports that 33 percent of the American population drinks at least one regular soda or other sweetened beverage per day, and according to the Associated Press, Americans end up gulping down a whopping 44 gallons of the stuff per year.
While soda sweetened with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup comes with its own risks, from increased risk of ailments like diabetes and tooth disease, the diet stuff isn’t much better. In fact, research suggests that diet soda drinkers have an increased likelihood of weight gain and increased waist measurements, as well,” by Zero Belly Diet.
– “Health risks of sugar drinks”
From the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
– “How Your Body Responds to Coca-Cola”
“Two years ago, former pharmacist Niraj Naik produced an infographic showing what happens in your body within the first hour of drinking a can of Coca-Cola. At the time, he told The Daily Mail:
“When I worked as a community pharmacist I had some great success at helping people get off long term medication … Many of them [patients] would consume fizzy drinks on a daily basis. A few on several medications would consume two to three cans a day …
My first advice to them would be to do a simple swap, replacing fizzy drinks with water with fresh lemon or lime juice. In many cases just doing this would have a dramatic effect on their health.
So this indicated to me that fizzy drinks and sugar were big issues relating to blood pressure and metabolic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.”
“According to Coca-Cola, soda is a perfectly acceptable rehydration choice, even before, during and after exercise, but based on its physiological effects, this is a hollow claim indeed. You simply cannot compare clean, pure water to soda when you’re thirsty,” quoting Dr. Mercola.
Blogger Klein has been a member of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) for over 2 decades.