Ready for the bottom line on this one? Don’t open another can of soda! Whether you call it pop, soda, or coke – this is THE one item you should eliminate from your diet if you haven’t already done so. For most people, this is the one dietary change that will yield the biggest and most dramatic results. For many people this may be the one biggest source of calories; the biggest “food group” that they consume. Consider that one 20 oz bottle of soda a day adds up to be a total of about 87000 calories over the course of a year – that’s the rough equivalent of the calories in over 24 lbs of fat.
If you think you’re off the hook because you drink diet soda – think again. Diet soda has many other different issues, but still falls in the category of “stop now” foods. Two of the biggest reasons to avoid diet sodas are:
1. Studies have shown a link between consumption of diet sodas and the development of obesity. Most people are shocked the first time they hear this. Studies indicate many possible reasons for this, which we’ll explore further in future posts.
2. Studies have also linked consumption of diet sodas with metabolic syndrome and the development of type 2 diabetes. (Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems).
Options instead of soda are many, including coffee, tea (black, green, white, herbal), seltzer water, or perhaps the best option – just plain water.
Upcoming posts will include a breakdown of the most commonly used sweeteners – both natural and artificial. This will include info you may not know (but should), and disinformation about various sweeteners (that needs to be cleared up).
Questions about soda, sweeteners, or any of the above? Leave me a comment – I’d like to hear from you!