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I gave up soda almost 2 years ago. I was what I refer to as a Diet Coke-aholic so it was a VERY big deal and my family still likes to talk about how much soda I drank. Gotta love your siblings to help remind you of where you came from right? I remember deciding to go to 1 soda a week as a ‘treat’ to finally deciding what the heck –let’s just ditch it. When I thought about it all — there was hardly a day since I was a teen that I didn’t have one and all those chemicals were in my body daily. It was a scary thought as I was beginning to look at ways to live healthier. I have never looked back. Occasionally I have one mixed with a drink when I go out to a bar etc– but it’s not often.
By now, it’s probably fair to say that most Americans know soda isn’t a health-promoting drink. Over the years, the carbonated beverage has been blamed for the obesity epidemic and rising healthcare costs. Some public health experts have even called for asoda tax to help deter people from drinking so much of it. While love handles and diabetes are obvious problems associated with soda, drinking the sweet carbonated beverages harbors hidden threats, too.
I don’t believe govt should be dictating what people should eat or buy –but I am all for this. Soda has no nutritional value at all and in fact can have detrimental health implications when used consistently over time. If the govt is giving people money to help them out — then they can and should ensure that they have those people’s best interests in mind. Soda and/or sugared drinks is not a MUST HAVE TO SURVIVE item — and in fact, I wish they would look at removing many of the processed foods that are allowable as well.
Just my 2 cents…
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg sought federal permission on Wednesday to bar New York City’s 1.7 million recipients of food stamps from using them to buy soda or other sugared drinks.
The request, made to the United States Department of Agriculture, which finances and sets the rules for the food-stamp program, is part of an aggressive anti-obesity push by the mayor that has also included advertisements, stricter rules on food sold in schools and an unsuccessful attempt to have the state impose a tax on the sugared drinks.
Public health experts greeted Mr. Bloomberg’s proposal cautiously. George Hacker, senior policy adviser for the health promotion project of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said a more equitable approach might be to use educational campaigns to dissuade food-stamp users from buying sugared drinks.
The health of New Yorkers, and particularly obesity, is one of the mayor’s signature issues. During his first term in office, Mr. Bloomberg expanded the city’s smoking ban to almost all indoor public places, and he is proposing to expand it to beaches, parks and plazas. New York City has banned trans fats in restaurants and requires restaurants to post calorie counts.
The city’s campaign against sugary drinks has been especially aggressive. This week, it introduced ads showing a man drinking packets of sugar. But its attempt to persuade the State Legislature to impose a tax on the drinks was met with skepticism and opposition from the beverage industry and grocery owners.
Dr. Joseph Mercola: America’s Deadliest Sweetener Betrays Millions, Then Hoodwinks You With Name Change2
Aspartame is the most controversial food additive in history, and its approval for use in food was the most contested in FDA history. In the end, the artificial sweetener was approved, not on scientific grounds, but rather because of strong political and financial pressure. After all, aspartame was previously listed by the Pentagon as a biochemical warfare agent!
It’s hard to believe such a chemical would be allowed into the food supply, but it was, and it has been wreaking silent havoc with people’s health for the past 30 years.
Another great reason to add exercise into your daily routine. This study says that it has metabolic effects and that being fit helps your body run more efficiently. Who can argue with that?
But a new study that gauged the metabolic effects of exercise may significantly advance our understanding of what’s going on inside a body in motion. During the experiment, scientists actually saw how much being fit changes your ability to incinerate fat, moderate blood sugar and otherwise function well. They also uncovered proof, at once inspiring and cautionary, of just how complicated and pervasive exercise’s consequences are.
Soda is bad period. Parents should try to limit the soda consumption of their families. It is not a common drink in our house since I gave it up over a year ago. There is no health benefit to it whatsoever!
Soda from a marketing perspective: “It’s bubbly, sweet and drinking it makes your life like a non-stop party!” The reality of excessive soda consumption: sugar-heavy sodas have been linked to America’s growing rates of obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, heart disease and depression.
I drank soda. I more than drank soda – I lived and breathed soda all throughout my teens and twenties. It was only a year or so ago that i gave it up for good. I also didn’t drink milk very much. My family was never a milk family – we just don’t have a taste for it. My kids now don’t have a taste for it either. They eat a lot of other things though that give them what they need. Not being a milk family would have generally been ok when I was growing up if we ate other things to compensate for the calcium deficit. We didn’t. I ate a ton of crap. I was a chubby kid who had low self esteem and I ate crap and drank diet coke. There was a time in my late teens/early twenties, that I would go through a full 6 pack of diet coke a day. Hello I am a diet cokaholic and my name is Stephanie.
Now that I am “on the wagon”, I do think about what all that Diet Coke has really done to my general health long term. What exactly does phenylalanine do to your system when you consume mass quantities of it? I don’t have a taste for it anymore but it sure will be “interesting” to see what the long term effects are going to be….
The ten-year study showed that girls who drank soda at age five had diets that were less likely to meet nutritional standards for the duration of the study, which ended at age 15. Girls who did not drink soda at age five did not meet certain nutritional requirements, but their diets were healthier.
The difference between the two groups in nutrient intake is “not just because of what they are consuming, but because of what they are not consuming,” said Laura Fiorito, postdoctoral fellow in Penn State's Center for Child Obesity Research.
Milk intake differed greatly between the two groups — soda drinkers drank far less milk than non-soda drinkers — and milk has all of the nutrients that differed between the groups except fiber. At age five, non-soda drinkers consumed 10 to 11 ounces of milk daily, while soda drinkers had less than seven ounces.
“Adequate nutrient intake is important for optimal health and growth,” the researchers reported in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
It does seem to be true that soda drinkers have worse diets overall. In a study published this month in the Journal of the American Dietetic Assn., for example, among 170 girls followed from age 5 to 15, those who drank soda at age 5 were less likely to drink milk throughout childhood than 5-year-olds who did not drink soda. And they were more likely to consume diets lacking in calcium, fiber, vitamin D, protein, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
I gave up soda well over a year ago. It started when I realized that I had not gone even one day without a Diet Coke since I was in my teens. I thought to myself – what the heck is that doing to my insides and wouldn’t it be amazing to challenge myself and see if I could go for a week without any Diet Coke. A week ran into another week, then another, then it was a month and so on — I realized I had some soda in a mixed drink for my birthday and for a moment, I felt bad about it. It wasn’t diet coke, it was 7up. My perfect record had been broken. Eh, it happens.
I don’t miss it. I also think it was the start of me losing the majority of my weight. I could never figure out why I was holding on to weight in my mid section when I was eating pretty darn well. A few months after I gave up soda, I started seeing changes. Coincidence? I think not.
Try it – even for a day or so and see how long you can go without it!