Need another reason to kick your soda habit for good? In a study published in Europe, researchers have shown that drinking just one 12 ounce can of sugary soda per day increases the chance of diabetes by over 20%. Download the study here.
Reminder – a can of soda contains 140 calories and absolutely no nutritional benefit, just 10 teaspoons of sugar. But massive advertising by Coca Cola and PepsiCo keep us guzzling down these beverages. In fact, as we wrote just 2 days ago, pop is the #3 source of calories for kids, and #4 for adults.
Every year, another million people become diabetic. Type 2 diabetes is a terrible disease that is irreversible and heavily burdens both individuals and the healthcare system. Does anyone still think public health measures, such as taxing soda, limiting serving sizes, or other innovative steps to reduce consumption are such a bad idea?
Before you chime in with usual “free choice” and “adults,” consider the billions of dollars spent annually marketing and advertising soft drinks, getting our kids hooked from a very young age. If this wouldn’t work, beverage companies would not spend so much on advertising. So NO, it’s not really a free country. NO, we don’t really have a choice. Not most of us.
You want healthcare reform? Start with soft drinks…