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Saturday, March 25, 2006

The Lifestyle Chronicles - Losing The Fizz

A 20-ounce container of soda contains 250 calories and 67 grams of sugar, not to mention the sodium. The sugar is usually "high fructose" corn syrup. "Diet" soda contains the sodium and artificial sweetener. Sodas rank up there along side French fries and just below smoking as hazards to health.

The most likely source of large quantities of artificial sweetener is a beverage because the same beverage may be consumed throughout the day. The artificial sweeteners are chemicals that are very sweet. In addition to the potential for health problems, it is likely they stimulate appetite.

Teenagers given alternative beverages will drink them in place of sodas and they will lose weight.

Now, the good news. For the first time in 20 years, the number of cases of soda sold in the United States declined. Case volume in 2005 was down 0.7 percent, to 10.2 billion cases. Not much but it's a start.

All health professionals should warn every patient everytime they are seen to avoid sodas.

Water, tea and lemonade are good beverages that are good for you. And, don't be afraid of a little sugar. A cup of sugar in a gallon of tea is not excessive.

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