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Avoid All Soft Drinks, Some Juice Drinks OK

Posted Nov 22 2009 12:00am

While many people may think that a soft drink here and there, or a diet soda once a day won't do harm to their health and especially their weight, you may want to read on. Juice plus regular soft drinks are just the beginning, because diet soft drinks are a big problem as well.  With natural (not from concentrate) juice drinks, there are plenty of nutrients and not the un-natural sugars like high-fructose corn syrup that has shown to have it's disadvantages. Here's more --

Stopping your soda habit does more than reduce what nutritionists call "empty" or nutrient-poor calories from your daily diet. Less soda means you will eat less too. True story; here are the plot lines:

The amount of sugar in a regular 12-ounce serving of soda -- Do they serve that size anymore? -- is staggering. Figure an equivalent of eight to 10 teaspoons if you were power-sprinkling over your cereal or crop-dusting a bowl of strawberries.

Every soda can is roughly 150 calories, and those bigger bottles from the vending machine are busting 250 calories and 15 spoonfuls of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup.

The caloric math is simple enough.

Eliminating a super-size drink per day cuts out hundreds of calories for many soda drinkers. Stop drinking your calories, and it frees space in your daily diet for wholesome foods and, no question, even a handful of those holiday cookies or doctored eggnogs that just are too hard to pass up. In football-speak, it's a way for your sweet tooth to stop piling on during the American eating marathon that stretches from about noon on Thanksgiving until the first January Monday back at work.

You probably know that, so you switched to diet soda long ago. But researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio found you can't beat the system -- and that diet sodas might even lead to more extra pounds.

In a long-term study, 57 percent of individuals who drank two or more cans of diet soda per day became overweight in an average of eight years, compared with 47 percent of volunteers in the study who drank regular soda.

What's more, a 2007 Yale University study showed "on days when people drink soft drinks, they consumed more calories than on days when they did not have soft drinks." Let's review: Same people, different outcomes. They simply ate more food on soda days compared to non-soda days. That's a pattern worth your attention as you look to get healthy this season. ( source )

Note: You can see that is doesn't matter whether you're consuming regular soft drinks or diet versions. The results come out negative if you want to keep your body at a healthy weight. The one suggestion that we make to those who consume these drinks is to substitute a piece of fruit instead. Fruit has plenty of nutrients and is also water-dense, which should help quench your thirst. There just is no easy way to try and have your cake and eat it to. It is just better to follow a sensible diet with mostly water, plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein sources, and so on. Soft drinks have been shown to be one of the biggest problems on the health of society. A lack of fruits and vegetables is not helpging either.

For those of you who don't eat enough fruits and vegetables, we recommend adding Juice Plus+ .

The Health & Wellness Institute
Official Juice Plus+ Distributor

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