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Hard on Soft Drinks

A recent proposal to push for taxes on soft drinks was rejected on 11/14/06 by the American Medical Association. The initial proposal was an attempt to combat the obesity epidemic in the United States. Instead, the nation's most influential doctors' group voted in favor of a proposal for a broader-based effort to combat obesity, the Associated Press reported.

If you drink more cola than anything else, you're not alone.
Soft drinks currently account for 7 percent of the calories in the typical American diet, which makes them the leading source of calories.

For some tips on how to ease off the cola,

  • If you drink it for the fizz then switch to seltzer water and mix your own juice in.
  • If you drink it for the caffeine then try drinking tea (or even coffee) instead. Juice is OK, but can likewise be high in sugar and should not be your only beverage.
  • If you drink it because it is always there then start stocking your fridge with other alternatives. At work, ask whoever handles the food situation to have more non-cola alternatives available.
  • If you drink it because it's diet then you should know that the artificial sweeteners raise red flags in terms of many health concerns (experts are still figuring out how our bodies deal with artificial sweeteners) and the high acidity (diet sodas are more acidic than regular) can erode your teeth.
  • If you drink it because you just thought it was healthy then you couldn't be more wrong. If you want healthy, drink a glass of milk or water.
  • Fit's Tip: I am not sure the war to tax soft drinks is over, so you might as well wean yourself now for your health and your wallet.

Join The Conversation
LaLaLola LaLaLola 10 years
lol, now that you mention it fitness girl...I can kinda see what you're alluding to...anyhow, i used to drink a can of soda a day, not for any reason besides it tastes good, but I'm cutting back, and only have one once in a while, my mom started yelling at me anytime she saw a can of sprite in my hand so i stopped, and now i don't crave it as much as i used to.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
OH and Did anyone notice anything funny about the title? Or do i just have a dirty mind?
DStirk DStirk 10 years
i used to drink dc when i was hungover... now the thought of dc totally grosses me out and I just drink POM.
midnightowl midnightowl 10 years
B-b-b-but what if I drink soda because I love it? Hehe, anyway, I drink around two cans of Coke a day, I must admit. I'm trying to cut back, and my efforts are helped along by iced tea I make myself. I just make the regular hot green tea, then mix in some lemon, and put in a bit of honey. It's actually working and it keeps me from swilling Coke.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I stopped drinking soda all together because I drank it all the time and it ruined my teeth. Now if I have a soda its about once a month and it always a rootbeer. Instead of drinking soda I now just drink water. Iv heard diet does some messed up things to your body like affect your vision and other fun things
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
YYYoouuzza! I drink a diet coke everyday, I know (slaps back of hand). But I make sure I have a tall glass of water before and after.
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