Experts Say Sugary Soft Drinks Cause Obesity, Diabetes, Billions in Health Care Costs
Sugary soft drinks- called “soda water” by many – taste great but are bad for you. Period. The scientific research on the subject is overwhelming.
A recent article in KSL.com entitled This is what happens when you drink soda detailed what happens in your body when you drink sugary “soda water.”
…when it comes to the effects of soft drink consumption on the human body, the total picture is downright scary.
With high levels of sugar, acids, preservatives and other harmful ingredients, soda causes more damage to the body than just expanding the waistline. From stroke to kidney stones to dementia, here’s a look at what can happen to the body long-term for those who regularly drink soda.
Advocates of “anti-pop” campaigns like the one in New York City promoted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg point to recent research, like that detailed in a recent Huffington Post article, as proof that the United States is heading for a health care crisis because of sugar in soft drinks.
Sugary soft drinks could be causing almost 200,000 deaths a year worldwide, a study has found. Researchers used data from a major investigation of global disease to calculate the death toll associated with consumption of sodas and other sweetened drinks. They linked the drinks to 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 44,000 from heart disease and 6,000 from cancer.
A New York Times article reported that curtailing soda drink sales by just 20 percent could lead to a 20 percent drop in consumption, which could prevent approximately one and a half million Americans from becoming obese in the next decade. With such a tax on sugary soft drinks in place, 400,000 fewer Americans will get diabetes in the next ten years, which will save approximately 30 billion dollars in medical care.
Columnist Mark Bittman advocated a tax on foods like soda drinks, French fries, doughnuts and certain processed foods as a way of keeping Americans healthier and trimming medical costs. He pointed out that the average American consumes almost 45 gallons of carbonated soft drinks every year.
Since Americans don’t seem to be able to control themselves where their diets are concerned, Bittman asserts that government intervention may be need, in the form of taxation, to stem the tide of obesity sweeping the country.
Are diet drinks the answers, Actually, they are not. There’s growing evidence that diet soft drinks are causing health dangers that have heretofore gone unrecognized because diet sodas have been on the market a relatively short time. Some of the long term effects are just being realized.
The soft drink industry has pushed back hard against any efforts to reduce sugary soft drink consumption, producing TV commercials and public relations campaigns against “anti-pop” legislation. The American Beverage Association recently filed a lawsuit against the New York City health department and has threatened local governments elsewhere that have considered trying to keep citizens from drinking sugary carbonated beverages.
One alternative that may help parents who are concerned about their children’s consumption of soda drinks is the Sodastream home soda fountain. Sodastream provides carbonated beverages that rival or exceed the taste of traditional soft drinks, but feature a much lower sugar and caloric content. In a blind taste test recently conducted by the CNBC financial network, Sodastream was unanimously chosen as superior to drinks from vending machine by all CNBC anchors who took the test.
To see the video, click on CNBC Sodastream Taste Test or watch the video below.
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