There has been a lot in the new lately about sugary drinks. A ban on supersized sodas that was scheduled to go into effect today in New York City was overturned yesterday.
As I've mentioned here, one of the first steps I made in this weight loss journey was decreasing my Mountain Dew intake. I used to drink 2-3 Mountain Dews per day. Do you know how much sugar that is? I didn't. A 12 ounce can of Mountain Dew has about 1/4 cup sugar!! That means that with the amount I was drinking, I was consuming at least a CUP OF SUGAR A DAY just from my soda intake. Holy frig!
I miss my Mountain Dew. I really do. But that just shows how addictive these substances are! Think switching to diet is the answer? Well, you are WRONG. I have often commented that diet sodas are evil, and I've taken a lot of flack for saying that from people.
Well, guess what? There is some recent research that supports this - In the March 2013 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition they published a story that found:
- Diet sodas raised the risk of diabetes more than sugar-sweetened sodas!
- Women who drank one 12-ounce diet soda had a 33 percent increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, and women who drank one 20-ounce soda had a 66 percent increased risk.
- The average diet soda drinker consumes three diet drinks a day
Wait, say that again? YES - the study found that the risk of DIABETES was increased in diet soda drinkers MORE than regular sodas!!
So, I hate to tell you this, but for weight loss and health, you need to toss soda - diet and regular.
As for the ban on super-sized sodas? I'll be interested to see how this plays out. There is no doubt that these sodas DO contribute to obesity. But so do Doritos. And most fast food - hell, most restaurant food. So where do we stop? I don't know about saving the world, but I did make a choice to save myself. I try to lead by example. I am far from perfect.
What example are you setting today?