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SODA CONSUMPTION IN AMERICA
Americans drink more sodas than ever before. Consider the following grim statistics for just the United States:
> Soda accounts for more than 1/4 of all drinks consumed in the U.S.
> More than 15 BILLION GALLONS of the stuff was sold in 2000. I would venture a guess the number is somewhat higher now.
> 15 BILLION GALLONS = one 12 ounce can/day for every man, woman and child.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, kids are the heaviest consumers of soft drinks and they are guzzling the stuff at unprecedented rates. Carbonated soda provides more added sugar in a typical 2 year old toddler's diet than cookies, candies and ice cream COMBINED! 56% of 8 year old kids down soft drinks daily and 1/3 of teenage boys drink at least 3 cans of soda/day. Here's how bad it's getting; besides being available literally everywhere, schools across the country, thinking they can make fast money, have allowed vending companies into the school systems and now, 60% of all public and private middle and high schools nationwide have soda machines instanlled, according to the National Soft Drink Assoc.
So, is there something wrong with this? Yes, there is. Something very wrong with all of this. Consider the following:
@According to Dr. Joseph Mercola (The Real Dangers of Soda to You and Your Children, 7/9/03):
1) The average American drinks about 56 GALLONS of soft drinks/year. One can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30-55 mg of caffeine and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites.
2) Other studies have linked soda to osteoporosis/obesity/tooth decay and heart disease.
3) Soft drink companies purposely market their products towards kids and young adults. In the past 10 years, soft drink consumption among children has DOUBLED in the U.S.
4) Phosphoric Acid: is a major component of soda. It may interfere with the body's ability to utilize and/or process calcium which leads to osteoporosis and tooth decay.
5) Sugar: Soft drink manufacturers are the largest single user (as a group) of refined sugar in the United States. It is an old and long proven fact that increased sugar levels increases insulin levels which leads to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, premature againg and other negative side effects.
6) Aspartame: This is the chemical used as a sugar substitute in diet soda. There are over 92 documented health side effects associated with aspartame consumption including brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders and epilepsy/seizures. Wait, it gets worse: when aspartame is stored for long periods of time or kept warm, it changes into methanol which is an alcohol derivative that then quickly converts to formaldehyde and formic acid, which is the stuff they use to preserve dead bodies and are known carcinogens. People think they are doing themselves a big favor drinking DIET soda; they are not.
7) Caffeine: Caffeinated drinks cause jitters, insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heart beat, elevated blood cholesterol, vitamin/mineral depletion, breast lumps, birth defects.
8) Tap Water: Is the main ingrediant in Soda. It may contain numerous chemicals and pollutants. Unless your water is filtered or you have your own well, think again about the water and most definitely the sodas that you are consuming.
Look closely at this picture. The amount of sugar in each measure of a typical cola are correctly identified. That is the unbelievable amount of sugar you are guzzling into your system every time you drink any size of a typical soda.
According to a recent article in The Lancet ( a British Medical Journal), Harvard researchers presented the first evidence linking soft drink consumption to childhoold obesity. They found that 12 year olds who drank soft drinks regularly were more likely to be overweight than those who didn't. Most alarmingly, the authors concluded that for each additional daily serving of sugar-sweetened soft drink consumed during the nearly two year study, the risk of obesity increased 1.6 times!
Researchers have found that school children who drank soft drinks consumed almost 200 MORE calories per day than their counterparts who didn't down soft drinks. That finding helps support the notion that we don't compensate well for calories in liquid form. This means that the students were not inclined to eat "real" foods because they were already so bloated and full from the sugar laden calories of the sodas they were drinking and those calories can't be processed normally in the body because of all the refined sugar.
PLEASE!! Rethink the soda consumption. I had a family of patients in recently. A mother and her two beautiful daughters aged 23 and 13. All three drank about 3-4 GALLONS of Pepsi every DAY! I told them to stop immediately and they did. They lost weight and felt more energized as a result. A young patient of mine has an irresponsible mother who let him drink Hawaian Punch and sodas at night as a child. He eventually had rotten teeth at the age of 3 and needed advanced oral surgery to have 7 teeth removed. Only now, at the age of 7 are his adult teeth finally breaking through.
3/06: New guidelines were published this month in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that urges Americans to drink water and limit both sugar-sweetened and naturally sweetened drinks. Unsweetened teas and coffee are seen as acceptable substitutes for water. American should limit beverages to 10-14% of their total calories-HALF of what Americans consume now. The study cites the fact that the portion of daily calories coming from sugar-sweetened drinks has roughly doubled over two decades and is contributing to the nation's obesity problem. These guidelines suggest 20-50 ounces of water/day.
Just remember, adult onset diabetes is also in epidemic proportions in America as of 2006. This Type II variant of the basic maledy is now being seen in TEENAGERS. Obesity is a major factor in diabetes. We urge all readers to re-think your diet if you are overweight and out of shape. Dr. Haberstroh is available to consult on the nutritional aspect of your life style. *NB: Interestingly, we've all heard how Americans are an obese society with about 20% of the population at or above the obesity level. Recently, it was determined by a State funded study that Massachusetts residents beat the national average significantly-in the wrong way! Here in Mass, the obesity level is 25%-one in four people!!!!!!! Think what you are doing to yourselves and consult a doctor or nutritionist that you trust.