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Eliminate Soda!

We have already focused on why water is great and needed in our bodies.  Now it’s time for the ugly truth about sodas, and why it’s important to stay away- and hopefully eliminate- them completely.

PH of soda = pH of Vinegar

No matter who makes the soda, it is pretty much the most acidic beverage you can buy, with it’s pH ringing in at about 2.5, about that of vinegar.  Acid oxidizes whatever it comes in contact with- in the case of soda- that’s your teeth, your esophagus, your stomach, your intestines, your bladder.  If you put rusted metal (such as a penny) into soda, it will dissolve the rust, making the penny look new again.  This weakens your immune system, your bones, your organs. Why would you want that in your body?

Your tooth enamel is highly weakened by the combination of sugar and acid in soda.  The acidity initially weakens the protective enamel, making it far easier for the sugar to attack the tooth and cause cavities.  This cycle over time, on a daily basis, it bad news for your oral health.

Each additional soda you drink increases risk for obesity by 1.6 times

Now for the weight gain aspect to soda ingestion.  The relationship between soft drink consumption is so directly correlated that researchers have calculated that based on average consumption, sodas add 20 lbs to your frame every year.  Each additional soda consumed over what is deemed “average” adds 5 lbs a year to the initial 20.

The health of your children

As parents, it is our job to be an example to our children and keep them healthy.  In studies, teens who consume sodas are three to four times more likely to fracture their bones than teens who do not drink sodas.  Children who drink sodas from a young age also displayed an inability to compensate themselves with the proper nutrition at mealtime, leading to caloric imbalances, and obesity in the long run.

Diet soda is just as bad- if not worse!

For those of you indulging yourselves with diet soda instead of regular sugar filled soda- the news isn’t much better.  In fact, it’s worst.  By consuming a liter of aspartame-filled soda, you are poisoning yourself with methanol, the chemical your body produces when you consume artificial sweeteners.

The other artificial sweetener, saccharin, is a petroleum derivative that when tested on animals over the years, has caused cancer in the bladder and female reproductive organs.

So yes, with diet soda you forgo calories in exchange for poisonous levels of methanol and a chance at various cancers.  Not a good trade!

Just remember that you get NO nutritional value from a soda, only bad side effects! And with so many great, healthy alternatives, you truly need to steer away from sodas.  Try freshly brewed tea, or freshly brewed iced tea (not preservative filled bottled teas such as snapple!), coconut water, juice with water, and water with lemon!

So before you grab a soda, please remember all the bad things mentioned above and go for a healthier alternative.

 

Video: How Long Of A Walk To Burn Calories Of A 20 oz Soda?

A new study suggests printing information about the exercise required to burn off the calories in a soda reduces soda consumption among teens. Who knew that these carbonated confections would contain such unhealthy amounts of calories and sugars? If we knew the nutritional information would we be less likely to indulge? We have estimated the amount of exercise that it would take to reverse the intake of calories within a medium-sized sugary beverage. In this video from Newsy Science, find out just how long you would have to walk in order to burn off the calories in a 20 oz soda:

How many calories in a 20 oz soda?

STUDY: Big Soda Gives Big Money To 96 National Health Organizations

National health organizations are important watchdogs in the fight against obesity. Groups like the American Heart Association draw attention to health crises and bring experts together. But a study published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine revealed that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo sponsored 96 national health organizations between 2011 and 2015. Their sponsorship even funded scientific and medical groups dedicated to fighting obesity.

The report’s authors cautioned that Big Soda’s lobbying presents a major obstacle in the fight against obesity.

Diabetes Groups Among Recipients of Sugar Money

Boston University medical student Daniel Aaron decided to investigate the “nature, extent, and implications of soda company sponsorship of U.S. health and medical organizations” after he attended health events and noticed that they were sponsored by the same sugary beverage companies causing health problems across the country.

Concerned, he turned to online resources and databases to find links between the Coca-Cola Company or PepsiCo and “health organizations,” which he defines as entities involved in the public’s health. Aaron found a pervasive link between Big Soda and lobbying: 96 national health organizations took soda’s money. During the time of the study soda companies lobbied against 29 health bills that would have curtailed soda consumption and decreased obesity.

Some health organizations who received Coke and/or Pepsi’s money:

  • American Diabetics Association
  • Harvard Medical School
  • National Dental Association
  • American Heart Association
  • The Obesity Society
Children's health charity Save the Children promoted a soda tax until Coke and Pepsi paid them $5 million in 2010
Children’s health charity Save the Children promoted a soda tax until Coke and Pepsi paid them $5 million in 2010

Deepening Concern About Sugar Lobbying Money

The revelation causes further concern that the sugar and soda industries are shaping the way Americans think about nutrition. Last month a study in JAMA Internal Medicine revealed that in the 1960s the sugar industry paid Harvard doctors to minimize the health consequences of sugar. And Coca-Cola continues the practice in 2016 by paying dietitians to tweet anti-soda tax stories.

The Boston University study is the biggest and most recent reveal about the pervasiveness of Big Soda’s influence in reputable public health organizations. The study says that the communications “may shape the way Americans think about food and exercise” and that “it is probable that corporate philanthropy is increasing consumption of soda throughout the country.” As a result, these public health organizations are compromising their own mission and undermining the fight against obesity.

Further, “organizations may feel pressured to grant sponsors conference spots, which allow soda companies to present and speak at important health conferences and develop positive associations.”

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Coca-Cola PR at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual convention. Source: eatdrinkpolitics.com

Following Marlboro’s Lead

Finally, the study compared Big Soda’s sponsorship to that of Big Tobacco in the 20th century. Tobacco and alcohol companies sponsored health organizations via corporate philanthropy as a marketing tool in the 20th century. When the harms of tobacco usage threatened cigarette market share, the tobacco companies wrote generous donations to public health organizations to mitigate the spread of negative information. But public outrage stopped this practice, and now few organizations take Big Tobacco money.

However, in 2008 obesity overtook smoking as the largest preventable cause of death in America. The average American consumes 46 gallons of soda per year, making it a significant factor in weight gain. By accepting money from soda companies, public health organizations are contributing misinformation that perpetuates the number one health crisis.

The study recommends (and Health Fitness Revolution agrees) that health organizations stop taking Coca-Cola’s money and find alternative sources of revenue in the interest of public health.

Read more from HFR on the link between corporate funding and the obesity crisis:

Sugar Industry Funded Misleading Studies on Heart Disease

The Food Industry Should Not Be Able to Buy Studies

 

Just 1 Soda A Day Increases Risk of Prediabetes 46%

“Everything in moderation” is a good guiding principle, but how do we know when we’ve stepped over the line? For example, how much soda is too much? Just 1 soda a day can’t be too bad. After all, your co-worker drinks 3 during the work day alone!

Well, new research from Tufts University suggests that even one 12 oz can of soda a day counts as regular, not moderate, consumption of soda. And daily drinkers face a significantly higher risk of prediabetes and increased insulin resistance.

Published in the Journal of Nutrition, the study followed 1,685 adults for 14 years, keeping a record of the sugary beverages they consumed. For the purpose of the study, sugary beverages included soda, lemonade, and fruit punch, but not fruit juices. Researchers also monitored diet soda consumption.

The results of the study found that daily drinkers had a 46% higher risk of diabetes after the 14 year trial. In addition, high consumers charted 8% higher insulin resistance scores. Insulin resistance is a major contributor to type-2 diabetes, a growing epidemic in the United States that affects 29 million American adults.

“Although our study cannot establish causality, our results suggest that high sugar-sweetened beverage intake increases the chances of developing early warning signs for type 2 diabetes. If lifestyle changes are not made, individuals with prediabetes are on the trajectory to developing diabetes,” said Nicola McKeown, Ph.D.

The study did not find a similar correlation between diet soda and increased insulin resistance and rate of prediabetes.

So what should you do if you’ve been drinking soda on the daily for years and have a high insulin resistance? The good news is that pre diabetic and diabetic are not the same. It’s not too late! Changes in diet and increased exercise and physical activity can help regulate insulin levels. This list of superfoods for diabetics can help manage glucose.

More on the link between soft drinks and diabetes: 

STUDY: Big Soda Gives Big Money to 96 National Health Groups

Sugar Industry Funded Misleading Studies on Heart Disease

The Food Industry Should Not Be Able to Buy Studies