Deep down, we all realize drinking soda is not a healthy habit. Study after study has been published about the health risks related to the consumption of these sugary drinks. Children are especially susceptible to health issues associated with high consumption of soda.
Child obesity, tooth decay, and an overall lack of nutrition resulting in current and future health problems have been linked to high sugar consumption in children. Because of the negative press and statistics, several school districts and cities across America have banned sodas and other sugary drinks at schools.
The impact of banning sugar from schools
In 2004, the city of Boston was the first to ban these drinks from their school campuses. Since then, California State Legislatures passed bills that prevented soda sales and other unhealthy snacks at public schools.
These efforts seem to have had minimal impact on changing our children’s habits. A study by The American Heart Association found that nearly two-thirds of children in the United States drink at least one soda or sugary drink each day.
It seems the bad habits we started when we were children have continued into adulthood. Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released information that showed nearly half of all adults drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage each day.
Diet soda may not be a better option
While most of these studies focused specifically on the sugar content of the beverage, those of us who drink diet soda are not doing our bodies any favors. A study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals a link between diet soda consumption and an increased risk of diabetes.
On the surface, diet soda may seem to be a better option, especially considering the strong evidence of severe health issues associated with high sugar consumption.
However, diet soda has also been linked to an increased risk of strokes in women, weight gain, or the inability to lose unwanted pounds, mood changes, heart disease, and diabetes.
It’s clear that the more sugar is consumed, the higher risk of health problems.
While most sugary drinks are bad for you, there is one kind of soda that is worse than the others. If you need that can of soda every day to function, at least avoid this one.
The soda with the highest concentration of sugar
A recent study by Eatthis.com looked at the sugar content of the top 28 unhealthiest sodas. Their survey found that a 20 fluid ounce Crush Pineapple soft drink contains 85 grams of sugar!
To put this amount of sugar into perspective, it would be worse than eating eight Oreo cookies. In fact, since there are only 4 grams of sugar in one Oreo, drinking a 20 oz Crush Pineapple would be the same as eating 21 Oreo cookies in one sitting!
Want more proof? The average glazed donut contains 10 grams of sugar. You could eat eight glazed donuts and would still consume less sugar than a Crush Pineapple soft drink!
In contrast, one of the sodas with the least amount of sugar (without artificial sweetener) is Sierra Mist coming in at 29 grams of sugar.
Making the right choices
If you can’t kick your soda habit, consuming one once in a while will likely not kill you. However, it’s painfully obvious the harmful impact sugar has on our health and bodies. If you must drink one of these sugary drinks, do your best to limit them and consume them in moderation.
Also, if you’re going to drink a soda, avoid the ones that have the same sugar content as 21 Oreos or eight glazed donuts.