Strength & Conditioning Newsletter

Feb. 24, 2011


IOWA CITY, Iowa — Researchers say you can measure a person’s risk of obesity by measuring their soda intake. Versus people who don’t drink sweetened sodas, here’s what your daily intake means:

1 can = 30.4% increased risk of being overweight or obese
1 to 2 can = 32.8% increased risk
2 or more cans = 47.2% increased risk

That is a pretty remarkable set of stats! You don’t have to drink huge quantities to put yourself at risk. Just one or two cans a day will do it. Because High Fructose Corn Syrup is so cheap, marketers keep making serving sizes bigger. In the 1950’s, the average person drank 11 gallons of soda a year. Today that number is 46 gallons! A Center for Science in the Public Interest report contained this shocking sentence: “Carbonated soft drinks are the single biggest source of calories in the American diet.” That does not include all other non-carbonated sweetened beverages! So if you are looking for an easy way to cut empty calories from your diet, taking a closer look at what you drink may be a great place to start.

– Taken from Drink This Not That 2010

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