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Ditto what the article said about the health effects of pop.My point of contention: the government should not be allowed to tax pop, as Michael Jacobson wants. Each one is responsible for what he drinks - no basis to blame his habits on big, bad soft drink companies. Good article, Mel!
I stopped drinking pop long ago. (Mostly for financial reasons, initially--purified water with our own system was much more cost effective, and thirst-quenching!) Then I had children, started eating healthier (and healthier and healthier) and now I only drink pop if I'm parched and nothing else is available (maybe a couple of times a year). I honestly never miss it, and most times, the thought of drinking pop is totally unsatisfying.
We don't really drink much soda either, we don't need the extra calories nor the sugar (we like our teeth too!). However, if we do drink it, 9 times out of 10 it's diet.Just like almost everything else in this world, moderation is the key. If you can avoid soda, that's the best, but if you want it, I suggest doing diet!
Also, what I've noticed is that when I'm really trying to get my 6-8 glasses of water in a day, I don't have a desire to drink something else... don't think there's anymore room for more liquid. :-)
Even more than drinking water instead of things like pop, getting your 6-8 glasses a day is great for weight loss too. I read once that 75+% of hunger pains aren't hunger pains, they're thirst pains because we as Americans don't drink enough water. Drink more water and you won't be tempted to eat something to get rid of those pains. It even works for me at dinner time (since portion control has been my weak spot) to drink a couple of glasses with my meal, like you Mel, I find out quickly that I just don't have any more room left in my stomach!
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