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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!
Sara J. Carlson, R.N., C.D.E.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E.
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JUST STOP DRINKING SOFT DRINKS. PERIOD.
People who drink diet soda are intrinsically unhealthier to begin with.
It,s very usefuland fruity subject.
We have to avoid sugry soft drink to avoid decay teeth,obesity,diabetes mellitus by education and increasing awarnss.
I don't do a lot of diet foods or drinks-read the labels, seems a lot worse for you. So, I keep to regular and try to watch the portion size. I had to do research and I have my juices, but use a 1/4 of the serving size and add sodium free carb water to fill the glass. I drink regular ginger ale, it helps with other health issues I have. But it took some research to find one with the lowest amount of sugar plus I don't drink the serving size. Because I like butter, I use 0-fat milk.. Sometimes you have to juggle things around. It works for me...
So how does drinking "sugar free" sodas affect you when you already have diabetes ??
Diet soda is worse than regular soda.artificial sweetners have been linked to cancer,hormone disruption.it kills good intestinal bacteria,for a healthy body dont drink pop at all.
Why don't you recommend Soda Water either plain or flavored? I find carbonated water refreshing and it has neither sugar or chemical sweeteners.
Diet drinks are ok? Aspertame? Are you kidding me? I should have known better than to trust the traditional medicine machine. Thankfully more and more people are beginning to realize that you can no longer trust doctors, big pharma, the FDA and the USDA. It's all about the money!
How much Water Should Ne Drank everyday.... Just Water
Some more good news, Pepsi makes a 'aspartame' free non-caffeine Diet Cola. The most likely advantage, besides possible cancer concerns, is that aspartame also reduces our HDL 'good cholesterol'. So, I can enjoy an occasional Diet Pepsi without the aspartame concern. When I say occasional, I mean just that because I may drink a Diet Pepsi about once a week. If I do buy 'fast food' I ask for unsweetened iced tea. My daily water intake averages 58oz, coffee 8-16oz, Almond Milk 10oz. Along with my morning Oatmeal & Wheat Germ with fresh fruit & CoffeeMate instead of milk, I credit my daily fluid intake with keeping me a 'regular' fella.
Dear Nancy,Sara and Peggy-
I am sure you feel you are doing your job.
BUT- IT IS NOT YOUR JOB - TO BE CONSTANTLY
ATTACKING SODA DRINKS AS BAD FOR US -IT IS NOT
we are smart enough to know that. we have a choice
IT'S TOO GENERAL- YOU CONNTERDICT YOUR SELF
BC THEY HAVE NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE
THEN RECOMMEND WATER-THAT ALSO HAS NONE
GET OFF OF IT! GET OVER IT!
SURE WATE IS GOOD FOR YOU -THAT IS WHAT THE SODA W/O SUGER IS!!
PLEASE STOP THOSE ATTACKS
I don't drink a 12 oz soda but a small one and even then twice a week if that. Can't stand the taste of diet sodas. When I do drink a soda I give up other things that have sugar in them. When I buy a senior soda, there is more water than soda in it. I do watch what I eat but a soda is comfort food for me and drinking it helps me stay on a narrow track in keeping to what I need to eat.
Your information is very interesting
and knowledgeable. It is the best!!!
Soda is liquid cocaine. While tasting good, it will destroy your mind ,body, and soul. I know, I'm a 54 year old female with type 2 diabetes. I'm having to make major adjustments in the later years of my life due to the excess consumption of colas. Consume with caution, if at all. I'm drinking water now just to stay hydrated and alive.
I cringe every time I read some "expert" recommend diet soda or skim milk.
Diet soda messes with so many different metabolic processes, and actually causes weight gain, or in my case joint swelling.
Skim milk is actually allowed under federal law to add sweetners to their milk AND IT'S NOT ON THE LABEL, so you're not actually doing your blood sugar any favors with skim milk.
I finally went to as much of an organic diet as I can manage, and cut OUT all artificial sweetners and went back to organic whole milk and in one year my A1c dropped significantly, as did my cholesterol levels. Don't be fooled by the propaganda...eat real, eat natural and your body will thank you for it.
I suggest what I am doing:
Mix 1 part soda drink ( any kind ) including
orange juice for example, with 3 parts bubbly water ( seltzer ). If you are not a diabetic you
can have 2 parts and parts mixed together.
It taste great and cuts the sugar and calories
at least at half or one third.
Try it. You will bless and pray for me.
I have read information that drinking diet drinks is also harmful. Somehow the mimicking of the sweet confuses the body's system.
Can you comment
What about drinking selzer water?
A year ago my doctor, said I had borderline diabetes it seems like when, I drink water it blows me up and I feel tight than I did drinking soda. I'm just wondering why
I drink coffee w/Splenda in the morning, two large tumblers of water beginning after noon, then if it has been a hot day, I will drink one or two diet cokes in addition to more water. Our water is from a well, but we have a water treatment system, and it tastes great! My sugar levels are pretty good!
Mr. Donatelli: Nancy did not endorse or not endorse diet soda. In fact, it is #3 on the list of alternative drinks to regular soda and in parenthesis states to check with your dietician if you have concerns.
My boyfriend has had diabetes since the ag of 4. He drinks pop eats cotton candy etc. When his b sugar is low what are the long term effects of he doesn't start choosing a better diet
I meant to add to the above, ''or drink water''. Of course, that is a logical alternative to any drink.
My mind must have been closed at the time I ended the post. :)
There's no need to mix half regular and half diet soda. Diet soda tastes just fine. If your mind is closed to that and you refuse to open your mind, so be it; drink regular, sugary sodas.
Anyone who recommends drinking diet sodas as a healthy alternative should have their health credentials revoked. This article is NOT about health but the promotion of beverages that have questionable health benefits.
Mixing regular soda with diet soda to cut calories. Nancy, are you serious? It is articles like this that tarnish the name of the Mayo Clinic.
This article is similar to the old ads where marketing firms had doctors endorse their favorite brand of cigarette. So if the article is not about health, one has to ask, what does this ad say about being able to trust the Mayo Clinic?
There are TWO coupons for Coca Cola next to this article.
Sorta negates the article!
BTW -- Dr. Mark Hyman swears that we should NOT be drinking diet pop. It gives the big belly because it causes cravings for other junk food. I quit drinking it. My belly went down. I picked up drinking it again over the winter, and here comes the belly!! Stick to water folks. Not eating sugar is NOT the end of the world and if you are diabetic, it is GOOD that you don't. STick to berries and other fresh fruits for your sugar. And avoid processed carbohydrates.
I buy sparkling water and it takes care of my craving for the fizzy burn on my throat. You can drink it plain or flavor it with lemon or lime juice or if you must, a tiny drop of a sweet fruit juice. If you dilute 2 tblespoons of a sweet juice with a full glass of mineral water you have a fizzy drink. Myself, I prefer the water plain. Try it!!
I drink diet soda but need to stop. I am told it is also harmful due to the chemicals. I am overweight, with a belly, and some doctors have said to stop the diet pepsi or any diet drink. Now you say it is ok. What is the true research?
I can't believe that you recommend diet soda. Everthing I read says it is very bad for you.
Is coke zero a safer drink for those with diabetes?
I can't believe you're telling us to drink diet soda. That statement has destroyed the respect I had for this site
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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