Just in case you didn’t know, Obesity is on the rise in our country and the world and many experts are now saying that it could be that can of soda in your hand.
Yes, it has more sugar than you might be aware. “Sugary drinks are the single largest source of calories in the American diet and account for half of all added sugars consumed,” according to an article entitle Money and Company in the Los Angeles Times, Consumer Confidential: Soda warning; free Chick-fil-A meals.
The American Heart Association in the same article is suggesting that Americans should only drink 3 cans of soda a week, that would be 450 calories per week just from 3 cans of soda. I don’t know about you, but I can put those calories into something else besides soda.
What is most important is that we look at how our children are drinking these drinks because this is a major contributor to obesity which does result in type 2 diabetes. Many schools are removing sugary drinks out of the drink containers in the school and I have noticed in Kaiser facilities in Los Angeles they have taken them out as well.
This is proactive and I think more needs to be done to keep our children safe from sugar in the diet. Education is key to stopping the obesity epidemic. Schools can help more with the parents and programs that teach better food preparation at home and at school will be the only way to solve this crisis.
- Obesity caused by sugary drinks? What new report says (cbsnews.com)
- Teen Boys Drink 273 Calories of Sugary Drinks Per Day (blogs.wsj.com)
- Awash in soda: Half of Americans guzzling sugary drinks daily (msnbc.msn.com)
- Sugar Drink Habit Is Widespread in U.S. (webmd.com)