The undisputed FACTS on Soft drinks aka LIQUID CANDY
Mache's comment on our Facebook page on Monday made me want to write more about the awful fact that carbonated soft drinks are the single most consumed 'food' consumed in America. The fact that soft drinks are even considered a food is a problem in itself!!!
I just wrote, 2 weeks ago, on this problem, but figured that since most people are ingesting this product everyday, it is worth providing more info concerning this serious health issue.
According to the National Soft Drinks Association, the average American consumes over 600 12oz servings of soft drinks each year. The highest consumers are males between 12 and 29 years old who are drinking an average of half a gallon a day or 160 gallons a year or 37 teaspoons/day of refined sugar (and that's just from sodas!)
The average American downs 22 teaspoons of sugar a day ~ not including natural sugars in real food. To put this in perspective: the American Heart Association recommends no more than 5 teaspoons a day for an adult woman, 9 teaspoons for an adult man and 3 teaspoons for a child.
Numerous studies show that soft drinks offer NOTHING GOOD for us! Drinking refined sugar mixed with other chemicals and caffein takes away from drinking water which is essential to hydrate our bodies. Hydration of internal organs enables the organs to function properly ~ removing waste and toxins, creating all around health which can be seen in our general appearance and felt in our level of well-being.
Soft drink companies which gross around $60 billion in annual sales in the U.S, spend billions in advertising, alot of it aimed at kids. Coca-Cola paid the Boys & Girls Club of America $60 million to market its brand exclusively in over 2000 facilities.
What the ads DON'T say: these drinks are most commonly associated with obesity, nutritional deficiencies, tooth decay, diabetes, osteoporosis & bone fractures, heart disease, food addictions, blood sugar disorders, other eating disorders, neurotransmitter dysfunction from chemical sweeteners, and neurological and adrenal disorders from excessive caffeine.
1 soft drink per day gives a kid a 60% greater chance of becoming obese...and all the problems that comes with that.
Research shows that 'most' kids diagnosed with ADHD are suffering from severe nutritional imbalances that can be easily corrected via a change in diet.
Soft drinks are the single greatest source of caffeine in kids' diets with a 12oz soda containing anywhere from 45 mg to 100 mg.
For people over 40, soft drinks can be especially unhealthy as kidneys are less able to excrete excess phophorus - causing depletion of vital calcium, causing an increased risk of osteoporosis.
The list goes on and on. If you need more facts to help you stop drinking your good health away - just google it, as I do.
This video offers some more facts that sould help you realize that soft drinks are not part of a truly healthy diet.