“The United States, with less than 5 percent of the world’s population, ranks first among countries in soft drink consumption. The per-capita consumption of soft drinks is in excess of 150 quarts per year, or about three quarts per week.” (Food Democracy – Nov. 9, 2007)
Added sugars and corn sweeteners, like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) account for virtually all calories in sodas and sports drinks. Soft drinks alone are the source of 33% of all added sugars and 7.1% of total calories in the American diet. In teens, it’s even higher pushing over 12% of total calories! Don’t be deceived into drinking your calories because clever advertising convinces you that you need to replenish your electrolytes.
Keep in mind that just one soda a day, that’s not compensated for by some other reduction in your diet, can add up to 15 pounds in just one year. People drinking sodas (and other sugary drinks) tend not to notice or consider the calories they contain. Because they travel so quickly through your mouth, researchers conclude there’s little time for a signal to get to the brain and alert it that you’re consuming calories. Solid food, on the other hand, provides more of the feeling of fullness that tells your brain you’re full and it’s time to stop eating.
Cola contains phosphoric acid, which leaches calcium from the bones and this no doubt explains the studies showing that those drinking one cola a day (diet or regular) had lower bone density than a person drinking one a month.
Diet sodas sweetened with aspartame (known as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful) and other artificial sweeteners are actually worst for you than the sugary ones you’re most likely trying to avoid. Also, you are more likely to gain weight over time than people who consume regular sugar sweetened soda. Studies have shown, the risk of overweight for those consuming one to two cans of diet soda a day was 54.5% versus the risk for those consuming regular soda which was 32.8%. In fact, for each can of diet soft drink consumed each day, a person’s risk of obesity went up 41%.
Here is a quote from my audio book, Guide to Healthy Eating: Seven Secrets for Smart Shoppers.
“Virtually all of these chemical sweeteners, especially NutraSweet, have been shown to have addictive tendencies. A number of anecdotal studies have been published reporting that the more diet drinks a person consumes, the more that person craves diet drinks. Also with those using these sweeteners there tends to be an increase in sugar consumption, in fact since artificial sweeteners became widely used in the late 80’s consumption of sugars has increased by more than 10%. NutraSweet especially has been shown to increase the craving for sugar.”
For additional insight into the unhealthiness of diet sodas read this article ==> Can Diet Soda Boost Your Stroke Risk? – Researchers find a 61% increased risk among those who drink daily
There used to be just Gatorade, but now the sport and energy drink market provide HUGE profits to the soft drink industry with no nutritional value to those drinking them. Energy drinks are bad for you too. The marketing message for these is a scam. If you buy and/or drink energy drinks read this article ==> The Energy Drink Scam — Do Energy Drinks Actually Help You, or Can They Actually Make You Fatter?
For children: Avoid giving children these low-nutrition beverages. Pediatricians often see obese children who consume more than 1,000 calories a day from sweetened drinks alone. Several studies indicate that children who habitually consume sugary beverages take in more calories and weigh more than those who do not.
To your wellness,