What or who is to blame? There are many contributing factors including our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, availability of fast food and convenience foods, bigger portion sizes, and more. Another change in the American diet is increased consumption of soft drinks. Statistics show that Americans drink more soft drinks than any other country in the world - the average is over 600 12oz cans per person per year!
Many people drink diet soda guilt-free and without any regard to portion size. After all, it has 0 calories, so people don't think there is any harm. Research is starting to show, however, that there could be greater harm to articifical sweeteners and diet soft drinks than anyone previously realized. Drinking soda may contribute to the following:
- Increased risk of obesity
- Increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other health problems
- Reduced calcium in bones and increases risk of osteoporosis
- Gastrointestinal distress and heartburn
- Dental caries and erosion
Have you found successful ways to kick your soft drink habit? Please share!