It doesn't matter if you take it with sugar or artificial sweeteners. Either way, drinking one or more per day increases your risk for metabolic syndrome - or pre-diabetes - by nearly 50%. And now we're finding that just 12 ounces a day can put you at a greater risk for heart disease.
I'm talking about soft drinks. These beverages are so popular, they accompany most fast foods. And they've become accepted drinks at all meals. They're drunk instead of water with lunch and dinner. And in some parts of the country, people even drink them instead of a morning cup of coffee.
A recent study followed more than 6,000 middle-aged men and women for four years. All of them started out without any metabolic problems. Those who drank one or more soft drinks a day had the highest risk. They had a 48% higher prevalence of becoming pre-diabetic than participants who drank less than one a day.
The researchers don't know why soft drinks increase the risk for pre-diabetes, since diet drinks were as much of a problem as those made with sugar. One possibility is the brown caramel used in colas. This coloring has been linked to inflammation and tissue damage. And inflammation is an underlying cause of metabolic syndrome.
Some believe that by drinking sweet drinks throughout the day it encourages a sweet tooth. And that, in turn, creates a craving for more foods high in refined sugars and starches.
The lead author of this study also conducted another study that found more heart disease among people who drank colas. Why? Because of the drinks' high phosphorous (phosphoric acid) content. Phosphorous can interfere with the body's production of vitamin D. This lack of vitamin D can decrease heart function and increase calcification in the heart's arteries. Excessive phosphorous can also lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.
If you've been drinking soft drinks every day, especially colas, today would be a good day to stop. You can find thirst-quenching drinks made entirely from fruit juices and sparkling water in all health food stores and many supermarkets. Or make your own. Better yet, drink more water.
then there is the sodium benzoate in he soft drinks
Caution: Some soft drinks may seriously harm your health
Expert links additive to cell damage
A new health scare erupted over soft drinks last night amid evidence they may cause serious cell damage. Research from a British university suggests a common preservative found in drinks such as Fanta and Pepsi Max has the ability to switch off vital parts of DNA.
The problem - more usually associated with ageing and alcohol abuse - can eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver and degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's.
The findings could have serious consequences for the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who consume fizzy drinks. They will also intensify the controversy about food additives, which have been linked to hyperactivity in children.
Concerns centre on the safety of E211, known as sodium benzoate, a preservative used for decades by the £74bn global carbonated drinks industry. Sodium benzoate derives from benzoic acid. It occurs naturally in berries, but is used in large quantities to prevent mould in soft drinks such as Sprite, Oasis and Dr Pepper. It is also added to pickles and sauces.
Sodium benzoate has already been the subject of concern about cancer because when mixed with the additive vitamin C in soft drinks, it causes benzene, a carcinogenic substance. A Food Standards Agency survey of benzene in drinks last year found high levels in four brands which were removed from sale.
I urge you to read more on the sites I've listed below.
Sure, you can troll the Internet and see lots of experts whose hands are firmly in the pockets of the big businesses that insist that it's not harmful, but the mere whiff of suspicion is enough to keep me from soda.
Well that's it. I quit drinking soda a three decades ago, I guess it might have been good that I did.
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~~~Jokes and Inspiration~~~
Man is the only animal that laughs and has a
-- Samuel Butler
We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to
be like other people.
-- Arthur Schopenhauer
I take my children everywhere, but they always
find their way back home.
-- Robert Orben
Only exceptionally rational men can afford to be
-- Allan Goldfein
These are actual comments made on students' report cards by teachers in the New York City public school system. All teachers were reprimanded but, boy, are these funny!!!
1. Since my last report, your child has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.
2. I would not allow this student to breed.
3. Your child has delusions of adequacy.
4. Your son is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.
5. Your son sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.
6. The student has a "full six-pack" but lacks the plastic thing to hold it all together.
7. This child has been working with glue too much.
8. When your daughter's IQ reaches 50, she should sell.
9. The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming.
10. If this student were any more stupid, he'd have to be watered twice a week.
11. It's impossible to believe the sperm that created this child beat out 1,000,000 others.
12. The wheel is turning but the hamster is definitely dead.
These 16 Police Comments were taken off actual police car videos around the country:
16 "You know, stop lights don't come any redder than the one you just went through."
15 "Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they're new. They'll stretch after you wear them a while."
14 "If you take your hands off the car, I'll make your birth certificate a worthless document."
13 "If you run, you'll only go to jail tired."
12 "Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that's the speed of the bullet that'll be chasing you."
11 "You don't know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?"
10 "Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don't think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I'm the shift supervisor?"
9 "Warning! You want a warning? O.K., I'm warning you not to do that again or I'll give you another ticket."
8 "The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?"
7 "Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and step in monkey poop."
6 "Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven."
5 "In God we trust, all others we run through NCIC."
4 "How big were those 'two beers' you say you had?"
3 "No sir, we don't have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we're allowed to write as many tickets as we want."
2 "I'm glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail."
AND THE WINNER IS....
1 "You didn't think we give pretty women tickets? You're right, we don't. Sign here."
Computer Haikus – Part 2
Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.
First snow, then silence.
This thousand-dollar screen dies
With searching comes loss
And the presence of absence:
"My Novel" not found.
The Tao that is seen
Is not the true Tao-until
You bring fresh toner.
Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.
I have opinions of my own -- strong opinions --
but I don't always agree with them.
-- George Bush
Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory
as the wish to forget it.
-- Michel de Montaigne
I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves
me the trouble of liking them.
-- Jane Austen
A thought is often original, though you have
uttered it a hundred times.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes,
The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls
out of your glass.
-- Martin Mull
If man does find the solution for world peace it
will be the most revolutionary reversal of his
record we have ever known.
-- George C. Marshall
The only thing that scares me more than space
aliens is the idea that there aren't any space
aliens. We can't be the best that creation has to
offer. I pray we're not all there is. If so, we're in
-- Ellen DeGeneres
We Americans live in a nation where the
medical-care system is second to none in the world, unless
you count maybe 25 or 30 little scuzzball
countries like Scotland that we could vaporize in
seconds if we felt like it.
-- Dave Barry
That's it for today, God Bless you all and may peace attend you, May Goodness and Mercy follow you all the days of your life.