It is jaw dropping (and jaw rotting) to learn that a 20 oz. bottle of soda contains about 15 teaspoons of sugar. That is twice the daily limit recommended by the American Heart Association, which advises consuming no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars per day for women and no more than 9 teaspoons for men. Sugar is highly addictive and is linked to numerous health problems, such as elevated insulin levels and increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, gallstones, obesity, dental cavities, gum disease, osteoporosis, mood swings and depression, increased stomach acidity, migraines, weakened immune system, and the depletion of important vitamins and minerals. Diet soda has its own set of health risks and is by no means a healthy alternative to drinking regular soda.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, along with leading scientists and other health advocacy organizations are urging the Food and Drug Administration to determine a safe level of added sugars for beverages as part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce Americans’ dangerously high sugar consumption. They feel, as currently formulated, that Coke, Pepsi, and other sugar-based drinks are unsafe for regular human consumption. I completely agree. I recently did an interview with WTOP regarding the dangers of drinking soda and provided some suggestions for healthier drink options. Read the full story here.