Less Sugary Drinks Mean More Weight-Loss

Not exactly a revelation, but new research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found reducing calories from sugary beverages, even as little as one serving per day can result in over two pounds of weight-loss over 18 months. Experts examined the diets of 810 adults, ages 25 to 79, for 18 months, finding that sugar-sweetened drinks accounted for 37% of calories consumed, leading researchers to claim cutting sugary drinks is more important for losing weight than eating less; via HealthDay News.

Soda’s not your friend, despite how cute the Coca-Cola polar bears are. All the high-fructose corn syrup in soft drinks raises type-2 diabetes risk and soda is pretty creepy, it has the same pH as vinegar and leaches calcium from your bones and let’s not forget. Cola will rot your feet with the gout. Eek!

Last week, scientists determined women drinking sweetened beverages have a 35% higher risk of heart disease and other studies have linked soda with kidney disease and metabolic syndrome.

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James - April 7, 2009 4:48 PM

No arguments here about the unhealthiness of sugar soda, but I am at odds with the purported unhealthiness of diet soda. The principle argument against diet soda are the studies indicating higher cancer/tumor rates associated with the introduction of aspartame (the primary sweetener in diet soda). The problem is that in these studies, mice are injected with a ludicrously high concentration of aspartame before they show signs of cancer; it would take a human being more than a lifetime to ingest that much aspartame, rendering the findings somewhat irrelevant.

Of course the other argument, from an Eat to Live standpoint, is that diet soda provides little to no nutrition. This begs the question, which beverages stand up to the Eat to Live standards, besides good ol' H2O? I know milk is out of the question, and most fruit juices are sweetened with HFCS, so what else besides water is OK?

Steve - April 8, 2009 2:44 PM

James

Just my opinion. The arguments against diet pop...

1) The artificial flavour will not help your taste buds adjust to real food.
2) The perceived sweetness fools the body, and the pancreas secretes insulin anyways (I think).
3) There is still phosphoric acid, which will soften the tooth enamel.
4) Pepsico etc. make ridiculous profits on this junk. How much do you want to support them?

As far as Fuhrman approved drinks, I guess small amounts of the highest nutrient dense juices like carrot, pomegranate, as well as whole food drinks like smoothies which retain the fibre.

Cheers, Steve

James - April 8, 2009 11:55 PM

Good points, but here are my counter-arguments:

1. As far as adjusting to real food, I find I enjoy my meals a whole lot more drinking either diet soda, iced tea, or low cal fruit juice rather than with plain water (I suppose this opinion varies person to person)

2. I don't have any references right in front of me, but I am fairly certain that the pancreas has to work a whole lot less with artificial sweeteners rather than real sugar

3. Phosphoric acid does break down tooth enamel, but you can neutralize this risk by brushing your teeth and/or rinsing with mouthwash right after your meal (which I'm sure most dental hygienists out there would say you should do regardless)

4. (Probably your best point) Yes, consumer consciousness should be a factor in choosing to buy/consume a product. But I am also a pragmatist; my choosing to either consume or not consume the product of a multi-billion dollar industry will not even come close to putting a dent in their bottom line. I'm not willing to give up my enjoyment of diet soda on principles alone (of course this will also vary from person to person).

Regards,
James

HappyCat - April 9, 2009 8:31 PM

I stopped drinking soda and started drinking beer. Too bad you can't lose weight drinking beer.

But I do find the need for some sort of strong flavored liquid. I love tea and I have switched from black tea to green tea. (Bonus, my teeth are a shade whiter.) Otherwise I drink lots of filtered water. And use filtered water to make the tea.

Bert - April 11, 2009 11:20 AM

Did you guys hear about the soda tax?

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