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    CNN) -- If you're searching for a villain in America's obesity epidemic, most nutritionists tell you to put one picture on the wanted poster: a cold, bubbly glass of soda pop.
    Full of sugar, soda adds calories without making a person feel full, nutritionists say.





    "Liquid candy" to detractors, sweetened soft drinks are so ubiquitous that they contribute about 10 percent of the calories in the American diet, according to government data.
    In fact, said Dr. David Ludwig, a Harvard endocrinologist whose 2001 paper in the Lancet is widely cited by obesity researchers, sweetened drinks are the only specific food that clinical research has directly linked to weight gain.
    "Highly concentrated starches and sugars promote overeating, and the granddaddy of them all is sugar-sweetened beverages," said Ludwig, who runs the Optimal Weight for Life Program at Children's Hospital in Boston.

    'Fed Up: America's Killer Diet'







    The rise in soft drink consumption mirrors the national march toward obesity. At the midpoint of the 20th century, Americans drank four times as much milk as soda pop. Today, the ratio is almost completely reversed, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Meanwhile, in the past 30 years the national obesity rate has more than doubled, and among teenagers, more than tripled, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    "Soda pop is a quintessential junk food," said Michael Jacobson, who heads the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which lobbies for government restrictions on foods it considers unhealthy. "It's just pure calories, and no nutrients. It's like a bomb in our diet."

    Jacobson said the CSPI is pushing to require obesity warning labels on the sides of soda cans, like the surgeon general's warning on cigarettes.
    While nutritionists are united in their dislike for nondiet soda, the "why" is controversial.
    Some point a finger at high-fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, the sweetener used in most nondiet drinks. Last month, researchers at Rutgers University said they'd identified compounds in HFCS which may start a chemical chain reaction, leading to diabetes.
    Most scientists, though, say there's little difference between HFCS and simple sugar, either in chemistry or the way they're handled by the body.
    A bigger problem, doctors say, is simply the sheer number of calories. You'll find about 400 calories in a 32-ounce "extra-large" Coke, a fast-food staple. That's nearly a quarter of what the average adult woman needs in a whole day

    Scientists also say the body doesn't respond to liquid calories in the same way it would if those calories came in the form of French fries or chocolate cake. Appetite is controlled by a complex mix of hormones. Some signal the brain that your stomach is getting full. Others, including a hormone known as ghrelin, signal it's time to eat again.
    If you eat a big burger, the level of ghrelin drops for a few hours. That drop doesn't happen if you drink a Big Gulp soda, even if it has more calories than the burger, according to Wayne Campbell, a professor in the Department of Foods and Nutrition at Purdue University.

    "We're finding your hunger does not go down as far when you consume a beverage, as when you consume a solid," Campbell said. The result: Even with 400 liquid calories in your stomach, you polish off the burger too.
    Campbell cautioned that the ghrelin theory isn't proven and that other factors -- such as a food's smell, or the sensation of chewing -- may affect appetite just as much, or even more. Our expectations also play a role.
    "Soup is the anomaly to the liquid calorie research," he said. "People perceive soup as a meal, unlike drinking a Coke. So when we've done these types of studies, but used soup as the liquid, we don't see the same differences in [appetite] response.

    The sugar in soda pop not only provides a massive dose of calories, but triggers a vicious appetite cycle, said Ludwig, who wrote "Ending the Food Fight," about healthy eating for children.
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    It's rapidly absorbed, which raises blood sugar and in effect causes the body to panic." The body releases insulin to break down the sugar, "but the body overcompensates, and blood sugar drops below the fasting level," lower than it was in the first place.
    Recognizing low blood sugar, the body releases ghrelin and other hormones, inducing hunger, inducing us to eat even more, Ludwig said.

    The public is catching on, he said.
    "In our obesity clinic, we used to routinely see patients coming in who were drinking four or five soft drinks a day. Now it's rare. That seems to be the first factor that comes to mind, when people are trying to lose weight."
    Soft drink companies, under fire, are taking steps including a pledge last year to phase out nondiet soft drinks from America's schools.

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    Re: soda makes americans drink themselves fat

    I wish they made CocaCola or Pepsi the same as their regular product but with about 1/4 the sugar. I really doubt anyone would miss all that extra sugar. The same for gingerale. Too much sugar.

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    • #3
      Re: soda makes americans drink themselves fat

      i totally believe it, When i 1st found out i was diabetic, i had to stop drinking regular soda, and switch to diet...i had to change the way i ate as well, but i tell you, i lost 20 pds alone from not drinking regular soda..Diet tasted like crap for awhile, but now i love it...I actually took a sip of a regular soda by accident, and nearly got sick because of the sugary syrup taste, way to sweet...there is a big difference...

      Greg
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        Originally posted by Drain Medic View Post
        i totally believe it, When i 1st found out i was diabetic, i had to stop drinking regular soda, and switch to diet...i had to change the way i ate as well, but i tell you, i lost 20 pds alone from not drinking regular soda..Diet tasted like crap for awhile, but now i love it...I actually took a sip of a regular soda by accident, and nearly got sick because of the sugary syrup taste, way to sweet...there is a big difference...

        Greg
        Similar story here. Sometime during high school i switched from regular to diet and i think i lost like 10lbs that year without any other effort for weight change. Now i can only drink regular soda if it's mixed with alcohol; otherwise it tasted like i'm drinking liquid sugar.

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        • #5
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          I hope I'm wrong with this but I remember reading where a can (12 Oz) of regular Pepsi cola has over 1/2 cup (measuring) of cane sugar in it. BARF TIME

          I just checked and the above is correct. No wonder people are getting sick and becoming diabetic.

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          • #6
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            My doctor actually told me that drinking Sunkist Orange soda is pretty much what triggered my diabetes...If you read the label on a bottle, not a 2 liter but a 1 liter, the sugar alone is like 60grams..Crazy...I was bound to get diabetes anyway, but the sugar from the soda is what triggered it.
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            • #7
              Re: soda makes americans drink themselves fat

              Some of the different uses of Coke. Next time one of your kids lose a tooth, drop it into a cup of coke and it will dissolve in less than a week. I copied and pasted this article.

              1. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl. let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
              2. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a crumpled-up piece of Reynolds wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
              3. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminal to bubble away the corrosion.
              4. To loosen a rusty bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
              5. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan; wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.
              6. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into a load greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle.
              7. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.
              AND WE DRINK THIS STUFF:
              FYI- The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It's pa is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about 4 days.
              Buy cheap, buy twice.

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              • #8
                Re: soda makes americans drink themselves fat

                I know a person who drinks at least 2 liters a day...she is very obese and when she wakes up she goes to mcdonalds for breakfast and gets u huge soda...

                I know her son since he was 7 ..he was normal..now he is 10 and he is very obese...his belly looks like a truckers belly...

                I never had soda until i was 12....my parents thought it is not necceseray..better to spend money on our shoes or more food...

                Not a soda drinker..but if i do drink i usually have that sip that feels good..never drink the whole glass cause i'm not use to it...

                I prefer to drink water or pellegrino..

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                • #9
                  Re: soda makes americans drink themselves fat

                  Count me in on the group who hates regular after getting used to diet pop. I actually prefer diet now and get sick on regular.

                  One of the guys in the office here just told me a couple days ago that he stopped drinking pop and lost 3 lbs after the first week.

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                  • #10
                    Re: soda makes americans drink themselves fat

                    For cleaning spots from carpets try carbonated water. Do not use soda pop as you only want water and CO2 for this. I have used what's called Club Soda and then rinsed with clean water.

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                    • #11
                      Re: soda makes americans drink themselves fat

                      The reason why pop/soda doesn't taste nearly as sweet as it should is becasue of the carbonation. If you want to experience the true sugar content of pop, just drink a glass of it flat.

                      Be very careful with diet pop - aspartame is not a healthy alternative to sugar. Its risks are well documented.

                      Further, diet pop is much harder on your teeth than regular pop/soda.

                      You are best to just drink water. If you like some flavor, slice a lemon or lime and put it in with the water.

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