Much Ado About Soda
What would you say is your biggest weakness when going out to eat or going to the movies? It's that good old beverage that you love to wash food down with - a soda.
Just how much do we love drinking soda?
In 2012, we consumed nearly 44 million gallons of soda per capita in the US.
That's a hell of a lot of soda - especially when the large consumption of the beverage has been cited as the blame for the nation's rise in obesity, it has gotten the attention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and an attempt in 2012 made by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to control the sizes of sugary soft drinks sold; an attempt that was later ruled as unconstitutional, no doubt to the liking of those large soda companies who want to continue selling their unhealthy beverages to an unsuspecting public.
Don't get me wrong, soda is a very addicting beverage. I am one of those people who loves to have a cold pop with a tub of popcorn at the movies, a cold pop with a cheeseburger, or hell, with anything else for that matter.
So, what do we do? Resistance is going to be kind of hard when where ever we go, there's a Pepsi or Coca-Cola logo somewhere in sight to greet us and entice us - "drink me, you know you want to feel the cold, sweet, fizzy taste."
No! It's bad for me!
Right now, there are people out there who are getting wise to the truth about soda and how much harm it can do to those of us who consume it so regularly.
The response to these concerns from the big soda companies: They're trying to work on a higher quality and healthier alternative to the current soda offering.
Our answer to big soda: You cannot make a higher quality healthier alternative without driving up the price and decreasing your bottom line. The most you can do is create something that is sweetened with sucralose or aspartame which are both artificial sweeteners that are supposed to be better for us than sugar; unfortunately, each has been tied to increasing the amount of glucose in our blood just like sugar does. Both of these artificial sweeteners have also been tied to severe nerve damage.
If most people are like me and are having one hell of a time trying to shake their soda addictions, then what are our options?Continued on the next page