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Visualize the Impact of High Sugar Sodas

Drinking 1 can of soda each day for a year results in 15 pounds weight gain!

How would you illustrate the consequences of drinking one can of soda per day for a year? Last year the New York City Department of Health unleashed a series of posters in a campaign to get people to reduce their intake of sugary sodas. Now they have kicked it up a notch with a wordless 30-sec video that certainly grabs attention! The truth is actually worse. One daily 12 oz. can of soda would result in 15.5 pounds of weight gain in a year.

PostiveTip: Beware of the big gulp, even if consumed in smaller gulps. They have no nutrients, just unneeded calories.

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Sugar-laden Sodas Associated with Pancreatic Cancer

Consumption of two or more sodas per week increased risk of pancreatic cancer by 87%.

The Singapore Chinese Health Study followed 60,524 adults for up to 14 years to examine the possible link between deadly pancreatic cancer and sugar-laden soda consumption. Persons consuming two or more soft drinks per week were 87% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer compared to those who did not drink soft drinks. These results were adjusted for known confounders such as smoking. No statistically significant association was found between fruit juice consumption and pancreatic cancer.

PositiveTip: Soft drinks contribute nothing but calories to our diet--and may pose some serious risks such as a deadly cancer. Water still remains the liquid of choice for robust health!

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Makers of Sugar-laden Cereals Target Kids

The sour-side of the breakfast cereal industry--advertising junk cereals to our kids.

Preschoolers in America annually see an average of 642 cereal ads targeted directly at them--a majority of those for sugar-laden brands. Sadly, the least healthy cereals are the ones advertised most to children. Is it any wonder then that our children clamor to start the day with sugary cereals, laying the foundation for future obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. According to the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, cereals marketed directly to children have 85% more sugar, 65% less fiber, and 60 more sodium that those targeted at adults.

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Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Increase Risk of Obesity

Risk of obesity in youth increases by 60% for every serving of sugar-sweetened beverage per day.

A prospective study involving ethnically diverse middle-school children in four Massachusetts communities over the course of 2 school years showed the risk of becoming obese increased by 60% for every additional serving of sugar-sweetened beverage consumed per day. This held true after adjusting for confounding variables.

PositiveTip: There is no nutritional need for sugar-sweetened beverages. Water is a better substitute and is a lot easier on the pocketbook!

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American Heart Association says "Limit added sugar."

American Heart Association says sugary foods lead to obesity and heart disease.

The increasing epidemic of obesity and cardiovascular disease in America has prompted the American Heart Association (AHA) to issue "prudent" upper limits on the consumption of added sugar. These sweeteners include sugars and syrups added to foods during processing, preparation, or at the table. Today, Americans consume an average of 22.2 teaspoons per day (355 calories) of added sweetener--about one-third coming from soft drinks. The new AHA upper limit for added sugars is 5 teaspoons per day (80 calories) for the average adult woman, and 9 teaspoons per day (144 calories) for the average adult man.