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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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I'm a 12 year old girl with really strict parents! I do chores( even handling BLEACH sometimes) , I take care of my little brother, I'm in top set for all my classes- even on the gifted and talented register and I've only ever had 1 detention- and that was their fault anyway bc I was late( they drive). But, I'm still NEVER allowed out with my friends! My friends are all in top sets as well, are well behaved and all we literally would do is window shopping. I mean, there are my age smoking shisha and doing #####- they should be lucky I'm not a delinquent! But my parents always say I can't hang out. Not because they're worried about my safety, they just dont want me to go out.! Even sleepovers, my parents always say no because they ' haven't met the parents" but they make NO effort to do so. I'm losing out on knowing my friends better and whilst they're all making best friends, at school I'm just the person in the background- the left out friend. It hurts and most of the time I wish I was fostered or something. How can I make them loosen up? ( don't say anything about sneaking out because I chose life)
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Thank You Mate :)
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Kirsteeeeen
Kirsteeeeen posted in Friends:
Is there a particular reason or situation causing you to feel this way? I can't provide much advice other than talk to them about it. Communication is important.
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Arenl
Arenl posted in Friends:
He is a jerk, but then what ?? He is your best friend . Maybe you should tell him to sleep for an extra hour. It may be a lack of sleep.
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