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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:50 pm    Post subject: Drinking soda is killing you!  Reply with quote

Americans drink startling amounts of soda
9/2/11  Doctors say 50 percent of Americans are drinking soda or sugary drinks each day.
According to the Centers for Disease Control sugary drinks are the single largest source of calories in the American diet.
Dietitians say it's just too much.
The CDC says the average American drinks 57 gallons of soda each year.That means consuming 215 liters of pop or 608 cans of cola.
KREM 2's Danielle Grant talked with Gonazaga students and found that not everyone is hooked on soda.
http://www.kvue.com/news/129094543.html
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3 Surprising Reasons to Give Up Soda
Soda fattens up your organs

A recent Danish study revealed that drinking non-diet soda leads to dramatic increases in dangerous hard-to-detect fats. Researchers asked participants to drink either regular soda, milk containing the same amount of calories as regular soda, diet cola, or water every day for six months. The results? Total fat mass remained the same across all beverage-consuming groups, but regular-soda drinkers experienced dramatic increases in harmful hidden fats, including liver fat and skeletal fat. The regular-soda group also experienced an 11 percent increase in cholesterol compared to the other groups! And don’t think switching to diet varieties will save you from harm: Artificial sweeteners and food dyes have been linked to brain cell damage and hyperactivity, and research has shown that people who drink diet soda have a higher risk of developing diabetes.

FIX IT WITH FOOD: The average American drinks 450 calories a day. By switching to water as your go-to beverage, you'll make room in your diet for these 40 Foods with Superpowers—foods that, even in moderation, can strengthen your heart, fortify your bones, and boost your metabolism so you can lose weight more quickly.

Shocking Soda Fact #2: Soda contains flame retardants
Some popular soda brands, including Mountain Dew, use brominated vegetable oil—a toxic flame retardant—to keep the artificial flavoring from separating from the rest of the liquid. This hazardous ingredient—sometimes listed as BVO on soda and sports drinks—can cause bromide poisoning symptoms like skin lesions and memory loss, as well as nerve disorders. If that’s not a good enough reason not to “Do the Dew,” I don’t know what is.

DRINK DISASTERS: Soda isn’t the only dubious drink you have to watch out for. Many bottled beverages pack enough sugar and calories to foil your get-fit plans in one fell sip. Protect yourself by avoiding the 11 Worst Beverages in the Supermarket!

Shocking Soda Fact #3: Drinking soda makes you a lab rat
Many American soda brands are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, a heart-harming man-made compound derived mainly from genetically engineered corn. The problem? Genetically engineered ingredients have only been in our food chain since the 1990s, and we don't know their long-term health impacts because the corporations that developed the crops never had to test them for long-term safety. Case in point: Some recent findings suggest that genetically engineered crops are linked to digestive tract damage, accelerated aging, and even infertility!
http://health.yahoo.net/experts/eatthis/3-shocking-soda-facts
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A substance patented as a flame retardant and banned as a food ingredient throughout Europe and in Japan is present in 10% of all soft drinks in the US. The December 12, 2011 issue of Environmental Health News reviews the history of this toxic ingredient, including the fact that “extreme soda binges – not too far from what many video gamers regularly consume” have resulted in skin lesions, memory loss and nerve disorders.
Fruit-flavored flame retardant

Mountain Dew, Fanta Orange, Squirt, some flavors of Gatorade and Powerade, as well as other fruit-flavored beverages contain brominated vegetable oil (BVO). On the Nutrition Connection page of its website, the Coca-Cola Company, which manufactures Fanta, defines BVO’s as “stabilizers to prevent the citrus flavoring oils from floating to the surface in beverages.” In other words, as Environmental Health News explains, BVO weighs down the citrus flavoring so that it mixes with the other soda ingredients, just as flame retardants slow down the chemical reactions which can cause fires.

http://www.sovereignindependent.com/?p=31936
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http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-li...diabetes-why-still-192600358.html

2/8/13

Study: Diet Soda Increases the Risk of Diabetes. Why Do We Still Drink This Stuff?

Yet another study confirms what people have been saying for ages: Stop drinking diet soda. Like, right now. Drinking just one 12-ounce can of an artificially sweetened fizzy drink per week can increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes by 33 percent, French researchers found. And given that most people don't stop at a single weekly serving, your real risk for diabetes could actually be much higher.

Diet Soda May Increase Risk of Depression

The study, which was announced Thursday and will be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was conducted by France's National Institute of Health and Medical Research and covered 66,118 middle-aged women whose dietary habits and health were tracked from 1993 to 2007.

Diet Soda May Be Making You Fat

The results were unexpected. Though it's well-known that people who consume a lot of sugar are more likely to develop diabetes, the researchers found that participants who drank "light" or "diet" soft drinks had a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than those who drank regular, sugar-filled sodas. Those who drank 100 percent natural squeezed fruit juices instead had no additional risk.

Women who choose artificially flavored soft drinks usually drink twice as many of them as women who choose regular soda or juice—2.8 glasses per week compared to 1.6 glasses. "Yet when an equal quantity is consumed, the risk of contracting diabetes is higher for 'light' or 'diet' drinks than for 'non-light' or 'non-diet' drinks," the researchers, epidemiologists Francoise Clavel-Chapelon and Guy Fagherazzi, said in a statement. Women who drank up to 500 milliliters (about 12 ounces) of artificially sweetened beverages per week were 33 percent more likely to develop the disease, and women who drank about 600 milliliters (about 20 ounces) per week had a 66 percent increase in risk.

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Soda Linked to Aggression in Young Children, Study Finds
8/16/13

Got a fighting-prone 5-year-old? You might want to consider cutting back on the little one’s soda intake, as a new study has linked young kids’ aggressive behavior with soft-drinks consumption.

A recent flurry of research has focused on adult soda drinkers, pointing to increased risks of stroke, obesity, kidney damage, and high blood pressure. But this study, published Friday in the Journal of Pediatrics, focused on 5-year-old soda drinkers and behavioral problems, finding that those who drank four or more pops daily were more than twice as likely to attack others, fight with them or destroy their property. (Not a situation to aim for as back-to-school time approaches.)

“We found that the child’s aggressive behavior score increased with every increase in soft drinks servings per day, which was surprising,” lead researcher Shakira Suglia, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, told Yahoo! Shine. While previous studies have linked soft drinks to violent behavior in adolescents, she added, the goal here was to look at their effect on younger kids.

Suglia and colleagues assessed data on nearly 3,000 5-year-olds from a study of the well-being of urban children. In it, mothers reported their child’s level of soft-drink consumption and completed a checklist about their child’s behavior. The researchers found that 43 percent of the children drank at least one serving of soft drinks daily, while 4 percent consumed four or more. “It’s pretty alarming, especially given what we already know about soda,” Suglia noted. “They’re small, and there’s only so much they can take.”

The study found a clear association between aggression—as well as withdrawal and attention problems—and soda consumption, even after adjusting for socio-demographic factors, maternal depression, intimate-partner violence, and paternal incarceration. Still, because it was an observational study, the researchers can’t say that the soda was the cause of the behavior changes; and because the mothers didn’t say whether the soft drinks their children consumed were diet or regular, it’s hard to know why the link is there.

“We can hypothesize that it could be the caffeine, or that it could be the sugar,” Suglia said. “But we really don’t know for sure.”

The idea of soda intake changing children’s behavior is not surprising, noted former pediatrician Marcie Schneider, a physician now specializing in adolescent care in Connecticut, and the author of a 2011 study outlining the dangers of sports drinks for children.

“Other than the obvious reasons that children should stay away from soda—that it rots their teeth, that it has no nutritional value—the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) put out a pretty strong statement on caffeine recently,” she told Yahoo! Shine, referring to the official AAP position that adolescents should limit consumption to less than 100 mg, or the amount in one cola, daily. She added that she often sees kids in her practice who are regularly drinking diet soda, which she discourages.

“Every time a kid comes in, we ask what they ate and drank the day before,” Schneider said. “We’re checking for calcium intake. And basically, you try to promote drinking water and low-fat milk. If they say they drank diet soda, I ask, ‘What do you think it’s doing for you?’” If “quenching my thirst” is an answer, she explains that it actually serves to dehydrate, rather than rehydrate, the drinker.

To parents of soda drinkers who would like to get their kids off the stuff, Schneider suggests gradually weaning them from anything containing caffeine. “Because they, just like an adult, are susceptible to caffeine-withdrawal systems, like having headaches, feeling tired and having slowed motor skills,” she said. But most important is educating parents about the dangers of the drinks, and having them make sure that they don’t have cabinets full of diet soda for their own consumption.

“Because parents are the biggest models kids have,” she said.
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http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/...oral-problems-kids-155900150.html
Drinking Soda Linked to Behavioral Problems in Kids
8/26/13


It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that soda isn't great for kids' teeth or diets, but a new study suggests a link between soda consumption and bad behavior too.

The study, by researchers at Columbia University, the University of Vermont and the Harvard School of Public Health, followed nearly 3,000 five-year-olds in 20 large U.S. cities. The children's mothers reported on their soft drink consumption and also assessed their behavior through a checklist provided by researchers.

More than 40 percent of the moms reported that their children consumed at least one serving of soda per day, with another four percent consuming at least four servings per day.

Researchers found that aggression, withdrawal and attention problems were all associated with soda consumption. Children who drank four or more soft drinks per day were more than twice as likely to destroy things, get into fights and physically attack people. They also had more trouble paying attention and acted withdrawn more often.

"We found that the child's aggressive behavior score increased with every increase in soft drinks servings per day," said Dr. Shakira Suglia, of Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health.

Researchers controlled for other factors that could contribute to poor behavior, such as how much television children watched, their consumption of sweets, and whether their fathers were incarcerated, but the link between soda consumption and behavioral problems still held.

In a report published in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers conceded that they couldn't identify "the nature of the association between soft drinks and the problem behaviors" but suggested that the ingredients in highly processed sodas -- particularly caffeine -- may affect behavior.

They also questioned whether "underlying organic" conditions have could played a role in their findings, such as low blood sugar, which "could lead children both to want soda and to be aggressive or withdrawn."

The American Beverage Association, in response to the study, said it was "a leap to suggest that drinking soda causes these or any other behavioral issue" and noted the study's limitations.

The association, which represents Coca-Cola and PepsiCo along with other beverage companies, also stressed that it and its members "do not promote or market the consumption of soft drinks to children in the age group examined in this study."

Marketing strategies aside, children even younger than five have been known to consume soft drinks. A 2009 report by ABC News uncovered the problem of tooth decay in children as young as 2 in Central Applachia, where the decay is blamed on the excessive consumption of soda -- sometimes through children's sippy cups -- and is often referred to as "Mountain Dew mouth." (Following the report, PepsiCo, the maker of Mountain Dew, said it would work to recruit more dentists to the region and also help a dentist already treating patients there.)

While the Columbia soda study may lead some parent to decide to leave soft drinks off their grocery lists for good, some say that moderation for adults and a "just say no" attitude toward kids may be a more practical answer.

"I don't plan on giving up my occasional Cherry Coke anytime soon just because I have kids and I sure as heck shouldn't have to hide it, " California mom and Babble blogger Lori Garcia wrote in a recent post. "Our job as parents is to provide kid-friendly beverages outside of soda to offer our thirsty kids. Will our kids continue to ask for soda when they see it in the fridge? You bet, but guess what? The answer will be no. Cry about it, whine about it, keep asking - the answer will still be no."

-By Alice Gomstyn
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http://www.marketwatch.com/story/...-tell-you-2013-04-12?pagenumber=1
10/13/13
10 things Coke, Pepsi and soda industry won’t say

The hard truth about soft drinks


1. “Energy drinks aren’t for everyone.”

Energy drinks often seem to target young people, with rock concerts, skateboarders and surfers featuring prominently in their advertising. But the City of San Francisco filed a lawsuit on Monday alleging that one company has gone a step too far. It accuses Monster Energy of marketing its caffeinated beverage to minors as young as six. The lawsuit alleges that Monster “targets children and teenagers by promoting a ‘lifestyle’ that features extreme sports, music, gaming, military themes and scantily-clad ‘Monster Girls.’”

“Monster Energy is unique among energy-drink makers for the extent to which it targets children and youth in its marketing, despite the known risks its products pose to young people’s health and safety,” San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said on Monday. Monster disputes the allegations. The lawsuit’s allegations are “demonstrably false” and Monster will “vigorously defend” the action, a spokeswoman for the company said in a statement. They appear to be motivated by publicity rather than fact or science, she said. “Monster — as it has repeatedly said — does not market to children,” she added.

The lawsuit follows a decision by the Food and Drug Administration last week to investigate the effects that food and beverages high in caffeine have on young people. Maureen Beach, a spokeswoman for the American Beverage Association, says energy drinks have been “enjoyed safely” in the U.S. for more than 15 years and around the world for over 25 years.

For their part, other drinks companies also say they are careful about their marketing. 5-Hour Energy (manufactured by a company that is not a member of the ABA) is a 1.93 fluid ounce “shot” rather than a “drink” and is only marketed to adults as a dietary supplement, says Elaine Lutz, a spokeswoman for 5-Hour Energy. Lutz says 5-Hour doesn’t market its products to children and does not recommend individuals take more than two shots a day (spaced several hours apart).

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So where's all of the *concern* from Henry Hyde, Lt Col Dave Grossman and these "conservatives" on Capitol Hill over this? A lot like they were over movies and video games after Columbine? Rolling Eyes
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10/13/13

2. “Caffeine and alcohol make a dangerous cocktail.”

Too much of something is rarely a good thing — especially when it comes to uber-caffeinated energy drinks. The number of people showing up at emergency rooms reporting symptoms like racing heartbeat, seizures and headache after drinking energy drinks soared from 10,000 to more than 20,000 from 2007 to 2011, according to a survey of hospitals released last month by the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Most of those visits were made by teens or young adults, it said.

“We’re seeing more and more people coming in with these issues, especially young people who are mixing their energy drinks with alcohol,” says Tom Sugarman, emergency physician and spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians. And it’s not just youngsters: Sugarman recently gave advice to a mother who complained that her baby never slept; it turned out, she was drinking energy drinks while breastfeeding. “That’s going to go straight to baby,” he says.

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Because many energy drinks are considered dietary supplements, the manufacturers are required to report fatalities with potential connections to the products to the FDA. As of March 6, 2013, there was one report of an individual who drank the dietary supplement and energy drink Rockstar Energy before dying, there were 13 reports of deaths possibly involving 5-Hour Energy, and eight death reports mention Monster. There’s no way to know whether the drinks and the fatalities are causally connected, industry pros say. Both Monster and 5-Hour say the filing of such reports doesn’t mean a product caused the fatality. (Rockstar Energy did not respond to requests for comment.) Monster is changing its label to a conventional food, but it has told the FDA that it intends to continue to voluntarily file adverse event reports after the conversion.
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4. “Coke made Santa fat.”

Coca-Cola has been often credited with creating the modern image of Santa Claus: The rosy-cheeked fellow with plenty of girth appeared as part of its advertising as early as the 1930s. The old-fashioned version of St. Nicholas, the European saint on whom Santa is based, is depicted as more svelte. But amid growing concerns about rising obesity rates, Santa’s size has begun to take on a new implications. “Soda continues to be blamed for obesity, and proponents of obesity-reduction programs continue to clamor to tax the beverage,” the Mintel report states.

Rising consumption of sugary drinks has been a major contributor to the obesity epidemic, according to a 2012 report published by the Institute of Medicine. Some 26% of American adults defined themselves as obese in 2011, according to the Well-Being Index calculated by market research group Gallup and health-care consultancy Healthways. And too much sugar consumption is one of the most direct causes of Type 2 diabetes, says Margo G. Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest. In fact, drinking one to two sugary drinks per day increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 26%, a 2010 study published by the Diabetes Journal found.

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