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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Soda Habit

Soda. It's a sweet, cool drink many people reach for during the hot days of summer. Some people say they depend on it "to get them through the day." It's relatively cheap and easy to adapt into an everyday routine. Most regular soda contains high fructose corn syrup, and the Corn Refiners Association wants you to feel good about the high fructose corn syrup you are consuming in your beverages. If you feel guilty about drinking it, soda companies try to comfort you with "Zero" and "Diet" options. The artificial sweetened and/or caffeine beverages offer an alluring addiction that can be difficult to quit once you start.  

Numerous studies link sweet and artificially sweet beverages to obesity and an overwhelming number of chronic diseases. The phosphorus (which is present in some types of soda) weakens our bones.  Our culture helps us justify drinking soda in so many ways; while at the same time, we know it can be harmful for ourselves and the environment.

If you are looking to kick the soda habit without going "cold turkey", then my next three posts are for you. This upcoming week I'll be covering some healthier options for sodas with herbal sodas and juice spritzers. These options can keep the "fizzy" in summer without being as detrimental as commercial sodas. They make a nice transition step for people eventually looking to kick the soda habit.