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Is Drinking Soda Worse Than Smoking?

My nutrition plan offers a step-by-step guide to feed your family right, and I encourage you to read through it now to learn how to make healthy eating decisions for you and your children.

If you want to get involved on a larger scale, the Prevention Institute’s “We’re Not Buying It” campaign is petitioning President Obama to put voluntary, science-based nutrition guidelines into place for companies that market foods to kids. You can sign this petition now. I also urge you to go a step further and stop supporting the companies that are marketing junk foods and beverages to your children today.

Ideally, you and your family will want to vote with your pocketbook and avoid processed food and sugary sodas while instead choosing unprocessed raw, organic and/or locally grown foods as much as possible. These are the foods your child will thrive on, and it’s important they learn what real, healthy food is right from the get-go.

This way, when they become tweens and teenagers, they may eat junk food here and there at a friend’s house, but they will return to real food as the foundation of their diet — and that habit will continue on with them for a lifetime.

 

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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8:23PM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

The way so many people drink soda and the quality of the soda that people drink is a big part of what is unhealthy about consuming soda. Moderation in all things. Soda is one of those naughty treats that should be consumed no more than perhaps one a week at the very most. No matter how often one consumes soda, high fructose corn syrup should be avoided no matter what. Choose only high quality, organic sodas that contain organic cane sugar.

As for smoking, it really is one of the worst things that one can do for one's health. Quitting smoking is the best option. If that isn't possible, vaporizing greatly reduces the risks to one's health.

11:45PM PDT on May 30, 2013

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11:42AM PDT on May 26, 2013

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