Are you having trouble losing weight? Do you have a drinking problem? If you are drinking soda on a daily basis, the answer to both questions is probably yes.
Last year the New York City health department released a rather disgusting video showing a man drinking great globs of fat from a soft drink can. The point? Consuming sugary soft drinks every day adds hundreds of calories, packs on pounds, and leads to a host of health problems, including diabetes and heart disease.
Take a look at reaction to the video:
After watching that video, it’s going to be hard to think about soda without picturing piles of fat flowing from the glass.
My last post, Self-Serve Soda Fountains Serving Up Fecal Bacteria, inspired some interesting comments. Readers were understandably disgusted by the fecal bacteria found in some self-serve soda fountains, and many took the opportunity to comment about soda itself. Neither regular or diet soft drinks offer any health benefits and may be harmful when consumed on a regular basis. It is the king of all junk foods.
Forget that the label says “0 fat.” Soft drinks are laden with sugar. When you take in more calories than your body needs, excess sugar is converted to fat.
In years past, soft drinks were a special treat, something you enjoyed only occasionally, but consumption of soft drinks has become a daily habit, with some people indulging at every meal as well as in between. It’s easy to overlook the extra calories in a drink, but if you partake of this sweet beverage daily, you are literally pouring on the pounds and putting your health at risk.
The American Diabetes Association cautions that diet soda has been linked to developing metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors for diabetes and heart disease including high blood pressure, blood fat (cholesterol) problems, and higher than normal blood glucose levels.
For children, the odds of becoming obese increase by 60 percent with each additional daily serving of sugar-sweetened drinks, according to a study from the Department of Medicine at Children’s Hospital in Boston and the Harvard School of Public Health. The results of the study suggest that the link between soft drink consumption and obesity is independent of food intake, television viewing, and physical activity.
Water, on the other hand, flushes toxins and carries nutrients to your cells — without adding a single calorie.
Whether it comes from a bacterial laden self-serve soda fountain or from a can, if soda is a mainstay of your diet, you’ve got a drinking problem… and probably a weight problem.
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