3 Surprising Reasons to Give Up Soda

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America has a drinking problem. No, not booze. I’m talking about soft drinks. According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, the average American guzzles 44.7 gallons of the sweet stuff every year. Not sure what 44.7 gallons looks like? It’s about what you’d need to fill a small kiddie pool.

But the truth is, you don’t need me to tell you that soda isn’t healthy. We all know that America’s drink of choice contributes to our country’s ever-expanding obesity problem. But, as Rodale.com writer Leah Zerbe discovered, love handles are just the beginning. Read on for her report on three shocking soda facts that will have you saying “Just water, please” from now on.

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  • leefromok

    I know a man that is addicted to aspartame.
    He drinks 27 cans of diet cola every day.
    He used to be a smoker and says that quitting diet pop is harder to quit than cigarettes.
    Aspartame was originally a drug for ulcers.
    The FDA, which is notorious for approving toxic drugs that kill people, didn’t approve aspartame because it caused brain lesions in mice.
    Only one of the panelist voted to approve it.
    The FDA fired all the other panelists that voted against approval and hired new people that would approve it.
    I used to think the republicans were the good guys.
    It was Donald Rumsfield that was responsible pushing this through the FDA.
    It was the Bush family that owned the company that produced aspartame.
    Do a search for symptoms of aspartame poisoning.
    I have no doubt that everyone reading this knows several people affected by this.
    If you know the truth, do you have a responsibility to warn them?

  • JudyY

    I have drank one soda a day since before high school and it hasn't made any difference,. I didn't gain weight and I didn't suffer any disease like diabetes or anything else. I think the point should be moderation rather than total abstinence.

    • Patricia S. Godwin

      I agree with you Judy! If everyone would get off the couch and SWEAT a little, OUTSIDE in the yard, walking, cutting grass with a PUSH mower…etc. IN OTHER WORDS…get off ya fanny and get some exercise one would NOT have “love handles” or tires around their waist!!! Go into the museums and see the clothes people wore back in the days BEFORE McDonalds…their clothes are TINY! WHY? Because they WORKED from sunup til sundown…at something to make a living or cleaning the house or working in the yard or fields! There is NO shame in hard physical work! Seems to be a lot of shame in “love handles” though! Sooo, have a Coke…and walk a mile…ZING! WHATTA FEELIN’!

  • Patriot Diva

    It's all a racket. The FDA allows crap like high fructose corn syrup, MSG (it has like 5 different names), high levels of sodium, etc. in our foods. Monsanto produces genetically modified seeds to produce crops with fewer nutrients. We get fatter and sicker. The medical establishment and big pharma get to make a lot of money off of us. The government will now decide who lives and who dies with death panels. David Rockefeller a kingpin in the formation of the New World Order said as early as 1992 that depopulation was the goal. He said "We will have to thin the herd." We are merely cattle to be slaughtered to the elite.

    • leefromok

      You are so right! Depopulation is their goal.
      For people that don’t believe that, they should search for agenda 21 for dummies on tube.

  • Violet

    It is not the soda that is so bad it is what they use to make it. All the artificial ingredients including the worst one, high fructose corn syrup. The problem is that most people have substituted soda for water or milk. Fruit juice isn't all that healthy either. And BayouBob you are correct. The mantra should be moderation in ALL things. That's what the Bible said and you really can't go wrong following that advice.

  • BayouBob

    Eat, Drink and be Merry, Just dont eat, drink and be merry to much. Its the to much that causes the problem.

  • SFret

    How about dangerous and crowded suburbs. My friends and I could ride our bikes two blocks and be in the woods. This was Marietta, GA. Now, it's all concrete. The suburbs are growing so fast that you can have woods one day and the next year its developed.

    It's not that simple. It's hard to get children, in the 3rd grade, to commit to jogging. Bike's? Maybe some neighborhoods have bike trails, but seriously.

    What I'm saying is don't be so simplistic. Don't throw more fuel (soda) on the fire. Quit allowing our kids to energize with mega caffein drinks. BTW. What's wrong with eating correctly? I have a neice that never had chocolet but plenty of fresh fruit. She's 34 and still doesn't like chocolate. ME? I'm a chocolate fool. Being a crippled retired soldier, I shouldn't even drink water.

    • leefromok

      Thanks for your service!
      Chocolate is good for you if it isn’t made with trans-fats or a lot of sugar.
      If you crave chocolate it sometimes indicates that you are deficient in magnesium.

  • nug

    Jonrod, you are an idiot!

    Of course soda is bad for a person, even diet soda!

    Drink beer!

  • jaybee

    Mostly good points, jonrod; however, your closing comment carries the problem: "…unless your metabolism decides otherwise." Too many people don't understand metabolism; too many people don't care; and finally, exercise or not, high fructose corn syrup is going to do one kind of damage or anothr, to all who consume it. And let's add one more ingredient to the forumla: if the soda pop isn't sweetened w/HFC, than it most likely will be with aspertame. And that stuff WILL KILL YOU!!

  • Myrtlelinder

    Getting up, and get going, will work for many people but there are those that have to fight a lot harder than that. We have to watch our diet, eat one serving of food at each meal, not three of four. Getting rid of of five or six or more soft drinks a day would be a great start. You really do not have a clue how some people have to fight to prevent obesity!! And no, I am not fat, never have been but have seen the hard work of some people around me., who have problems.

  • jonrod

    I can't help mentioning that there has always been obese people, and this was long before soda pop. Soda pop isn't the problem that is causing obedity, Laziness is. If you get out and walk or excersise, then I don't give a dam what you eat or drink you will not be obese unless your metabolism decides otherwise.