Soda and Society

15 Apr

It is a staple of every value meal at fast food restaurants.  I myself used to drink as much as I could get my hands on in my younger days (I have since kicked the habit completely).  It’s…SODA!  Soft drinks woohoo!  Sugar!  Extra calories!  Cavities!  You’ve got to love this stuff.

On a more serious note, soft drink consumption is a part of the fast food problem.  As I have said in some of my earlier posts, it is best to skip out of the soda and go with water when you’re looking to get the most benefit from a fast food meal.  But let’s face it, how many people actually do that?  Apparently not many at all according to a report called Liquid Candy from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.  Here are a few of the astonishing facts listed in the report:

–          In 1999-2002, the average 13-18 year old boy consumed two 12 oz. cans of soda a day.

–          Carbonated soft drinks are the single biggest source of calories in the American diet.

–          In 1977-1978 boys consumed more than twice as much milk as soda (girls consumed 50% more milk).  In 1994-1996, both boys and girls consumed twice as much soda as milk.

–          Companies annually produce enough soda to provide 52.4 gallons for every man, woman, and child.

Whew!  Of course, it has been noted in this blog as well as pretty much every health resource that obesity and overweight statistics have been increasing over recent years.  Drinking all of this soda, not to mention other sugar filled beverages such as juices, leads to displacement of other important nutrients.

Over the past few years I have tried make a point out of sticking to my main two beverages of water and skim milk.  I did enjoy my fair share of soda consuming years, though.  I did not stop drinking it until I got into high school.   If soda were to be banished from the country (I know, never going to happen), I think there would be a drastic improvement in individual health throughout the nation.



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