Monday, September 21, 2009

Soda Beefing Up Californians

According to new research done by researchers at UCLA, soda drinking Californians are almost 30% more likely to be overweight than those who don't drink soda. There are some startling numbers here with percentages of over 40 and 60% respectively of youth in the 2-11 and 12-17 age brackets drinking at least 1 or more soda or sugar containing drinks per day.

What does this says wake up people...and can full of 17 teaspoons of sugar along with many other colorings and flavorings is making a huge and direct impact on the health issues of those in the Golden State. If it's happening here in California (that's where I'm at writing this now) then we know that most likely the same type of thing is going on in all of the other states in the country. With health care now more at the forefront of people's minds and the desire to reduce costs so high it's about time people start taking personal responsibility for their individual actions and thus the long term effects and consequences to one's health. There is no excuse, fizzy sugar water is damaging many people's health and along with it ultimately there pocket books. It goes like this - either pay for good quality food and lifestyle now or wait and pay a lot more for sickness later.

And NO diet soda is absolutely not a viable alternative...unless you don't mind damaging your brain with toxic artificial sweeteners and chemicals. Stick with good old water and if you need flavor and a slice of lemon or put a bunch of fruit in a pitcher of water and drink from that all day to get your flavor fix.