That sweet and fizzy drink seems to hit the spot and taste just right with a lot of foods. Americans are addicted to it. But beyond our taste buds being satisfied, our bodies don't like it much. Harvard studies have shown that women who drink 1-2 cans of soda a day have a 40% higher risk of heart attack compared to those women who don't drink it and are nearly 50% more likely to develop a metabolic disorder (diabetes). If you haven't yet, check out this article I wrote about the importance of blood sugar control:
Although I enjoy the taste and fizz of soda, it makes me feel terrible. I've learned to avoid it and have easily been able to give it up. But my husband is currently in the process of weaning off a lifetime soda addiction. I mean, the man drinks it for breakfast. Since cold turkey quitting didn't work for him, he has transitioned into diet soda (something he swore he'd never drink) and then plans on transitioning to no soda (baby steps...). One way that he found worked for him to quit the sugar was to mix regular soda with diet soda, eventually working the mix down to no regular soda. He plans to be soda-free in the near future--good on the body AND the wallet!
Are you a soda addict? What do you struggle with the most when you don't have it? The lack of fizz? The caffeine withdraw? The quick pick-me-up?
Tomorrow we will take a closer look at DIET SODA. Stay tuned...