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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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Mayumi12

Mayumi12 wrote:

Everyday i drink soda like sprite....for a years now.
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this is fat
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i dont drink soda. serious. it made me feel so active but at the same time i dont reall...
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InternetOwl
What part of it are you scared of? Is it eating in public and around other people, or just eating in general?  What it might be, if it's eating in public you don't like, is social anxiety, or social phobia. You should ask your doctor to check, because if it is, they can offer you ways to help. For instance, they might recommend therapists or group sessions to help ease your fear.  Even if it's just a phobia or, in unlikelier circumstances, an eating disorder, you should still go to your doctor or a therapist so you can try to overcome it. Try doing things that calm you down before these situations as well, like exercise, reading or listening to music (I'm not sure what relaxes you but sometimes these help). Also, you should try to slowly get used to the situations. So don't force yourself to eat straight away when you're out, but slowly start doing so whenever your comfortable with doing so. Unlike your mum wants, you can't just "stop" being scared because that's not how it works.  But right now, please don't force yourself into any of these situations. It's not good for your mental health to be forced to face a phobia of yours often. 
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ElfyKathy
Dear Dish-It, Within the last few years I have felt a bit sick and shaky when we go out to eat. It's not so bad when it's a carvery lunch or something at a pub, but settling down for a chocolate brownie and a milkshake shakes me up. Don't get me wrong, I love going out with Mum, but it's just sitting down and taking a bite. I want to chuck it in the bin. I love eating brownies and stuff at home and I'm pretty healthy. But I refuse to go to the town before lunch in fear. Mum told me I got to stop this or I'm going to develop a terrible phobia.  Please help! ElfyKathy, worried
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NianiNaturallyNerdy3
She isn't jealous she is just dissappointed that you chose to get lessons when she did to get better . She had to get better to catch up to you so you can enjoyher as your best friend. Then you went ahead and got lessons as if you needed them. She is just upset that you showed off a talent that she didn't have. And she tried to get better to impress you but you got better as well. Which kept her at the stage she will always be at my best friend sings way betyer than me but I try. 
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NianiNaturallyNerdy3
It may be hard but break it down to them we aren't friends but we can be associates. It may leave them a bit dissappointed but tell them we aren't in the same category to be as close as friends. 
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