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Liquid Lotharios

Filed Under: Health Foods at 1:50 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
Beverage CoolerI think we’ve already established that I have a slight soda problem. I’ve given it up numerous times, but have always managed to find loopholes in my resolve that, without fail, allow me to rationalize one can here and two or twelve glasses there. I can’t seem to control my desire to drink the caffeinated, caramel-colored, carbonated concoction. I’m addicted; however, I’m generally unashamed. I mean really, how can I conjure up embarrassment over a personal obsession that everyone else has? We’re all drinking soda, by the caseload. In fact in one year, Americans spend almost 70 million dollars on soda.  And that, nutritionists say, is precisely the problem.

The average American diet gets 10 percent of its calories from sweetened soft drinks.  Unfortunately, the average American doesn’t seem to know this and his habits are only increasing the amount. Sodas are rarely had alone. They usually accompany a salty snack or simple meal. If consuming these calorie-packed beverages helped lessen consumption, that wouldn’t be a problem, but they actually have the opposite effect. When you drink a soda, you pour a frighteningly large quantity of sugar into your body. As a result, insulin is released, often too much. Your blood sugar drops, and the hormone that induces hunger spikes. You are compelled to eat. So, you do, and along with the 200 calories from your soda, you wind up taking in far more than necessary. It becomes a cycle. You drink, eat, drink, eat and eventually gain weight. Soda is the only food that researchers have directly link to weight gain, meaning it’s directly linked to our rising obesity. Therefore, you might want to consider weaning yourself off of it or at least cutting back, but do so carefully.

In addition to calories, soda has its fair share of caffeine. Twelve ounces of Pepsi contains 37 milligrams, and if you’re a true addict, you probably have more than 12 ounces a day.  Abruptly cutting off that caffeine flow can lead to caffeine withdrawal, complete with headache, fatigue, irritability and nervousness.  Those are the last things you need when you’ve suddenly taken away your favorite liquid treat. Rather than shunning all soda, work your way down. Cut out one can, then two. To combat the calories, switch to diet. It doesn’t taste nearly as bad as you might think. In fact, and this is from a diet-soda connoisseur, Coca Cola Zero and Cherry Coke Zero are shockingly similar to the real thing. You can make the transition without much pain. Before you know it, you’ll be drinking less soda and consuming fewer calories, both liquid and solid.

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One Response to “Liquid Lotharios”

  1. JW says:

    The creator of Penta water did scores of experiments when developing his formula. One thing he discovered during the process is that soda (including diet) stagnates the body’s cellular exchange. He compared it to trying to wash your dirty dishes clean with dirty dish water. He said it takes up to 40 glasses of water to counter the effects of one soda. That information allowed me to quit cold turkey. A great replacement I’ve found is raw Kombucha (I prefer GT’s Mystic Mango). Kombucha tea is probiotic and gives more immediate and prolonged energy than soda without the negatives. Here’s a link to a great article on the effects of sugar on our bodies here written by an MD specializing in nutrition. It will open your eyes to how many of our current health problems are directly related to our poor eating/drinking habits.

    Only you can improve your health. JW

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