This past week I was reminded of how Americans literally eat and drink themselves to death. Health is an equation that consists of regular exercise and practical eating and drinking habits. Sugar and sweeteners are bad for you and contribute heavily to our nation’s growing obesity epidemic. Many Americans hydrate with soda. At all health conferences I’ve attended, soda is provided as part of the catering spread. If the above infographic and statistics don’t give you pause, here are a few more sobering data points for you to consider the next time you reach for a can or bottle of soda (regular or diet):
1. Do you think it’s healthy, safe, or natural to drink flame retardant?
2. Research shows that even one diet soda a day (thanks to the artificial sweetener aspartame) increases risks for various cancers by 31 - 102%!
3. Regular, heavy consumption of soda can rot and erode your teeth (thanks to citric and phosphoric acid) just like meth and crack cocaine!
This is a lot of information to take in and as someone interested in health and public health I’ve known these data points for some time. However, I needed to be reminded this week just how unhealthy soda is for us. So… I’m sure it won’t be easy, but I’m going to try and quit soda cold turkey!
To your health,