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Soda pop is a product that conjures up warm, fuzzy and nostalgic emotions for many people. A wide variety of flavors, brands and types of sodas have been a part of the American culture since the introduction of soda fountains in the early-1800s and the first cola-flavored beverage in 1881. Many of us have a favorite brand.
Americans drink 13 to 15 billion gallons of carbonated beverages a year — an average of 15 ounces a day. People who consume the sugary drinks regularly drink 1 to 2 cans per day, which puts them at a 26 percent greater risk of developing diabetes than people who rarely drink regular soda pop.
According to the National Soft Drink Association, soft drink consumption has doubled in the United States for females and tripled for males since the 1970s. Males between the ages of 12 to 29 average one-half gallon of sugary drinks per day. Not surprisingly, soft drink companies spend billions of dollars on advertising soft drinks and a major target is children. Just think about the big food and beverage brands that advertised during the recent Super Bowl.
Other considerations include decreased water consumption, cost and regular consumption of ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, phosphoric acid, caffeine and chemical additives.
The best answer is water. That’s right! If you think that’s boring, you’re not alone. In addition to water, you might consider:
Remember, with diabetes, all calorie containing foods have a direct effect on your blood sugar and weight. If you’re overweight, any effort to reduce daily calories to your recommended level is a step in the right direction. Instead of drinking only regular soda, try mixing half regular soda and half diet soda.
On a more positive note, an article I read in USA Today indicates that Americans are now drinking more water. Since 1998, the amount of water people drink has increased 38 percent.
Have a great week!
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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I drank caffeine free, diet soda for many, many years and I still got diabetes. Go figure. At any rate, I changed to sugar free tea mixes. Now, I just brew my own decaffeinated tea and drink it all day long. I really don't miss the sugar in the regular sodas anymore.
Tell me how saturated fat calories have a direct affect your BG. I'd be interested in the logic.
Water is not boring as soda water. No flavours, no sugar, no sweeteners. Just soda water, which millions of people already drink.
Are you out of your mind recommending diet soda with the artificial sweeteners that poison in our bodies? I would rather take my chances with regular soda and drink less than put any artificial/diet soda in my system.
Nearly all sugar substitutes give me stomach problems, but I love the taste of the bubbles. Luckily I live in NYC where I can get plain and flavored seltzer, which is just carbonated water, with or without flavoring.
At first I'd start with an ounce of orange juice or cranberry juice or ???, then fill the glass with seltzer.
Outside NYC, I've tried soda water, but that has bicarb in it, so some salt, which gives it taste that carbonated water doesn't have.
Water is "boring"? So what. So is taking out the garbage, doing laundry, driving to work... yet we do those things anyway because they are necessary for a healthy ,productive life. We add pleasure to them in ways that DON't mean the job doesn't get done. Food and drink are NOT here to entertain us, or save us from our own boredom.
An honest discussion about what to drink instead of soda is to consider WHY we eat and drink. Well, the first reason we eat and drink is to sustain a healthy body. Period! IF you find food or drinks that meet that first criteria and are also pleasurable, great. Many "foods" don't meet that first criteria - so put them on your almost never list and be done with it. Eat and drink to get the job done, to nourish and hydrate your body, and find your "entertainment" in life apart from food. Maybe conversation, hobbies, volunteering, loving who you're with... the options beyond food are endless. Or, you can keep pretending food is for our entertainment. How's that been working for you?
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