Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Another Reason to Not Drink Sugary Drinks

A study links the consumption of sugary soft drinks with Pancreatic Cancer. Read about it here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100208/hl_nm/us_cancer_pancreas_sodas

So, to summarize, in the last two days we learned that drinking sweetened beverages (which includes flavored ice teas, sodas, etc) leads to:

A. Obesity

B. Pancreatic Cancer

So, the lesson here is that if a drink contains sugar, high fructose corn syrup, an artificial sweetener, or any other type of processed sweetener, then it will make you fat and sick.

One of the biggest causes of weight gain (and failure to lose weight) is high calorie drinks, which can include that Triple Mocha Latte you had this morning as well as that Pepsi you had with lunch and the Snapple Mango Iced Tea you had mid-afternoon to quench your thirst.

If you want to lose weight, not gain weight and be healthy, stick with water and natural, unsweetened fruit juices. Tea (the real brewed stuff, not the crap that comes out of a bottle) with no added sweeteners (or maybe a touch of honey or maple syrup) whether iced or hot, are also good beverages to drink as well as is unflavored, unsweetened coffee (skip the whipped topping here as well.)

Just remember, there are 200 calories in a 16 oz bottle of Peach-flavored Snapple iced tea. To work off those calories a 140 pound person would have to do 30 minutes if either stair climbing, vigorous weight lifting, hiking, chopping wood, shoveling snow, downhill skiing, swimming or walking.

So the next time you're reaching for that sweetened soft drink think "Do my thighs and pancreas really need this?"

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