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Can Soda Cause Cancer?

With the July 4th holiday just behind us and soda a constant part of the menu (Americans consumed 9.4 billion cases of soft drinks in 2009), and Mayor Bloomberg pushing hard to limit the largest size sodas in New York restaurants to 16 ounces, the stakes of unhealthy sugary drinks is reaching a new high. The American Cancer Society (ACS) believes that the health risks of drinking soda should be viewed by US health officials in the same way that they viewed the health risks of using tobacco in the 1960s.

To make their point, the nonprofit arm of the ACS requested a federal study to make the point and serve as a landmark on this topic – just like the comparable study in 1964 by the Surgeon General made the point about tobacco.

Christopher W. Hansen, President of the ACS Cancer Action Network wrote, “An unbiased and comprehensive report on the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages could have a major impact on the public’s consciousness. We know there is a direct link between excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and obesity, and the adverse health effect can be profound.”

We have a serious problem in this country with obesity. According to the Get America Fit Foundation, obesity is considered the United States’ leading public health crisis and the No. 2 cause of preventable death. Mr. Hansen’s intent in writing to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, was to highlight a possible link between obesity and cancer. This seems a logical suggestion because the ACS’s cancer-prevention guidelines state, “Consuming a healthy diet can substantially reduce one’s lifetime risk of developing or dying from cancer.”

Some headway is being made in creating awareness of soda’s link to obesity and even the soda companies are looking for ways to address this issue by creating other beverages that are less sugary. Also, even if there were no sodas, America’s obesity problem would not evaporate; we have to address exercise and nutrition in general as well as make healthy foods available to all our citizens. But cutting out sodas or at least reducing the amount we consume each year in this country would make it easier for many to drop some of those unwanted pounds, and lower their risk of heart disease and cancer.

To underscore the point, below is a HealthRock music video called Liquid Candy.

To hear other health songs on obesity and exercise from “Let’s Move,” the 2011 CD of the Year from Creative Child, click here.

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2:54PM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

Winn A. is correct. But the difference is that smoke is mostly lungs, and soda can effect any organ in the body, i.e. smaller effect on larger portion.

1:51PM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

Drinking soda is as bad as smoking in my opinion.

9:57AM PDT on Apr 27, 2013


12:36AM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

Thanks for sharing the info

9:59AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Folks made homemade root beer & saspirella back in the 1800s, both made from natural roots & bark, great stuff, recipes passed down from generation to generation. Today and poisons added to soda are the work of manufacturers and their labs.

As for cancer, we are all born with cancer cells, some mature with no help, some don't. Those that mature may lead to full-blown cancer virus, (get that folks, cancer is a virus), that can cause death if not caught in time. Nothing "CAUSES" Cancer, we are born with it; our family medical history decides, not what we eat...

2:12AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Thank you for article.

10:52AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

When I was a kid there was a white cream soda that was so good on a hot day. No one thought about the ingredients. Today it isn't just about the size of the soda drink it's what's in them - lethal poisons deisgned to addict you and to increase the propensity of diseases such as cancer and type2 diabetes and that's just for starters.
I guess the elites must increase by any means the level of the publics suffering on their altar in order to be recognized by whatever entity it is they serve; beyond profit of course. Of course we are to blame for not investigating and educating ourselves. We can change it however if we want to.

9:34PM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

How to get 'pop' drinkers to face the reality of the dangers involved, is an arduous task.

12:01PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Drinking soda is so bad for your health it should be labeled with a scull and cross bones. It's right up there with smoking. Think before you drink and what it's going to do to your body.

7:34PM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

it can't be good

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