Soda Consumption is Way too High
In the United states the largest percentage of empty calories comes from Soda. In fact American Americans drinks 13.15 billion gallons of carbonated drinks every year. This is leading researchers and doctors to say, “Soda consumption is way too high.”
"The Valley is the soda consumption capital of California," said researcher Harold Goldstein, executive director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, which produced the study in conjunction with the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. "It's frightening." The state's sugar tooth is expensive for all taxpayers: Californians pay $41 billion a year in obesity-related health-care costs and lost productivity, he said. It is plain to see that Soda consumption is way too high.
The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times and that includes diet soda beverages.
A government-funded report at the University of Texas did a study on more than 6,800 adults, consuming diet soda on a daily basis. What they found was that people who drank soda on a regular basis, even only one can per day, had almost twice the incidence of metabolic syndrome as people who did not consume soda at these rates. The soda drinkers also had a much higher rate of several other health risk factors, including obesity.
Drinking soda has been shown to contribute many other health issues. "We are consuming more soft drinks than ever before and a number of health issues have already been identified including tooth problems, bone demineralization and the development of metabolic syndrome and diabetes" said researcher Dr Moses Elisaf, from the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Ioannina, Greece. "Evidence is increasing to suggest that excessive cola consumption can also lead to hypokalaemia, in which the blood potassium levels fall, causing an adverse effect on vital muscle functions."
In addition, teenagers who drink a lot of soda have now been documented as being more prone to bone fractures and osteoporosis than those who do not drink much soda pop. Women who reported drinking two or more sodas are 1.86 times more likely to have albuminuria, a sensitive marker for early kidney disease.
Since soda consumption is way too high, experts suggest drinking more water. This actually will quench a thirst better and helps remove toxins from the body. It also helps in digestion and can curb appetite. Health experts also suggest eating fruits, vegetables and drinking diluted fruit juice (water with a slice of lemon or orange in it) as a healthy solution to include in an everyday diet.
Los Angeles Times
Wall Street Journal
Written by Tyler Woods Ph.D.
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