You can see it during commercial breaks when watching the game on TV, right before the movie starts in the theatre or on the billboard beside the nearest exit on the highway. What we are talking about is the advertisement luring us to buy a refreshing sugary drink or soda. You may have heard here and there about potential harmful effects that may emerge due to excessive soda consumption. Of course it’s easy to ignore these warnings and indulge in your favorite carbonated beverages, but the truth is that the facts cannot be ignored.
There is such a huge marketing world for fruit drinks, energy drinks, sugary drinks, sports drinks and calorie-filled sodas and a lot of it is aimed at our younger generation. We need to be educating each other on the dangers of these types of drinks to avoid some of the serious health complications that are being associated with them.
How bad can soda really be?
Did you know that a 12-ounce can of soda contains up to 10-½ tsp. of sugar? Some fruit drinks, iced teas and flavored waters have up to 7 ounces of sugar. A new study on sugar-sweetened drinks has released some alarming findings.
- Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has been linked to 180,000 deaths worldwide per year. Of those deaths, 25,000 alone were in the United States.
- Consuming sugary drinks increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
- Sugary drinks have a significant effect on weight gain.
- Consumption of sugary drinks is often linked to a poor overall diet
According to the American Heart Association, adults on a 2,000 calories per day diet should take in no more than 450 calories a week from sugary drinks. Parents need to monitor what their children are drinking and really pay attention to labels as many “fruit” juices often contain just as much sugar as soda.
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