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Dear Dish-It: I’m Stuck on Soda!

Apr 10, 2012

Dear Dish-It,

I love pop but my parents won’t let me drink it. What should I do?

S Chik

Dear S Chik,

Actually, I agree with your mom and “pop” on this one – and so does science! According to a recent study, 50% of folks in the U.S. guzzle sugary beverages daily. The American Heart Association, however, suggests we drink fewer than three sodas per week; all the sugar and extra calories found in a can of pop can have serious health consequences, like an increased likelihood of Type 2 diabetes. Yikes!

No Nutrition

Soda pop is basically flavored sugar water that has no nutrients in it. Rather, a regular can of pop contains, on average, 40 grams of sugar. Sugar is known to cause tooth decay and has been linked to childhood obesity.

Caffeine Junky

Soda also contains caffeine, which can raise your blood pressure, pulse rate and the amount of acids in your stomach. It’s also addictive and causes dehydration. Drinking too much caffeine can cause nervousness, restlessness, inability to concentrate and even insomnia.

Healthy Balance

Drinking pop once in a while, like at a friend’s birthday party, isn’t a big deal – as long as you’re drinking healthy beverages the rest of the time. Water is the best option, and fruit juice is better than soda pop because it contains some nutrients. If you can drink it (lots of people can’t eat dairy), milk is also a good choice.

Have Your Say

Got any good advice for S Chik? Leave your comment below!

Thanks,

Dear Dish it

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Disney_

Disney_ wrote:

Don't really like soda anyway ♥ c':
commented: Fri Sep 05, 2014

Mayumi12

Mayumi12 wrote:

Everyday i drink soda like sprite....for a years now.
commented: Mon Sep 01, 2014

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this is fat
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