The Number One Source of Calories in America

I've warned you before about the addictive effect "soft" drinks have on your kids: One scientist compared the caffeine contained in sodas to nicotine in cigarettes. If that isn't bad enough, it seems this nation's obsession with soft drinks is even worse than I imagined...

Preliminary findings from a Tufts University study have determined soft drinks and sweet drinks have unseated white bread as the leading source of calories in the average American diet. Based on an analysis of the 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), more than two-thirds reported drinking enough soda or sweet drinks to provide them with a greater proportion of daily calories than any other food. What was not surprising at all to me: Obesity rates were higher among those who consumed sweet drinks.

Think about it. Most adults need about 1,600-2,400 calories a day and the average, 64-ounce "Big Gulp" non-diet sweet drink sold at your friendly neighborhood convenience store can account for as much as 800 calories in one serving! What's more, the typical American drinks more than 60 gallons of soda every year. And, these extremely acidic carbonated drinks force your body to consume carbon dioxide, which can cause more distention of the stomach and exacerbate acid reflux.

That's why I so often recommend the single most important physical step anyone could take to improve his or her health is one of the simplest: Switching from soft drinks and sweet drinks to pure water.

If you're having problems giving up soda and sweet drinks, patients have enjoyed great success integrating healthier habits by learning the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), the energy psychology tool I regularly use in my practice. I suggest using Turbo Tapping, a modification of EFT I wrote about earlier this month, to help you make that transition a quick and easy one.

Science Blog May 27, 2005

Herald-Dispatch.com May 25, 2005

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