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Soda, sweet drinks main source of calories in U.S.
Science Blog ^ | 2005-05-27 15:37.

Posted on 06/14/2005 6:52:33 PM PDT by Nov3

Tufts researchers recently reported that while the leading source of calories in the average American diet used to be from white bread, that may have changed. Now, according to preliminary research conducted by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Americans are drinking these calories instead. The research was presented in abstract form at the Experimental Biology Conference in April of this year and a more comprehensive paper is being developed.

Odilia Bermudez, PhD, MPH, studied the reported diets of a large nationwide sample of American adults. Among respondents to the 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), more than two thirds reported drinking enough soda and/or sweet drinks to provide them with a greater proportion of daily calories than any other food. In addition, obesity rates were higher among these sweet drink consumers. Consumers of 100% orange juice and low fat milk, on the other hand, tended to be less overweight, on average.

Bermudez, who is also an assistant professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, is hopeful that, "by helping to identify the main sources of excess energy in the American diet, this work may contribute to the development of much-needed strategies to combat obesity in the American public."

"These results are startling," she continued, "and indicate that we need a much better understanding of how the American diet has changed. Our paper will look more closely at the issue of sweet drink consumption and its relation to obesity factors among three of the main ethnic groups included in the national surveys: African Americans, Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites."


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High Fructose Corn Syrup is the main health threat in our food.
1 posted on 06/14/2005 6:52:34 PM PDT by Nov3
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To: neverdem

FYI


2 posted on 06/14/2005 6:54:46 PM PDT by Nov3 ("This is the best election night in history." --DNC chair Terry McAuliffe Nov. 2,2004 8p.m.)
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To: Nov3
Soft drinks eat up calorie allotment

The Herald-Dispatch

If you reach for a soft drink every time you’re thirsty, you could be wasting a good deal of your calorie allotment for the day -- more so than in years past, the American Dietetic Association says.

About 50 years ago, a soda came in a 6-ounce bottle that was about 75 calories, the association says. Today, a 20-ounce plastic bottle of regular soda packs about 250 calories. The 64-ounce, "big-cup" soft drinks sold at convenience stores can deliver a whopping 800 calories.

Add up your soda calories and consider this: Most adults need about 1,600 to 2,400 calories a day -- period. One 800 calorie big-cup means a lot less food and nutrition that day, if you’re going to stay within your calorie limit. Less nutrition means less strength and less lasting energy.

Regular or diet soft drinks are OK now and then, the dietetic association says. But as an everyday drink choice, they crowd out nutrient-rich drinks and much-needed water. Regular sodas have a lot of sugar and carbs, but no other nutrition. And if consumed in place of milk, they could contribute to bone loss.

Also, sugary sodas contribute to tooth decay, though no more than juice or other carbohydrate-rich foods.

Here are some tips for adopting a ‘now-and-then soft drink’ lifestyle:

Order the small size, even if "bigger" seems like a better deal.

Save it for later. If a 20-ounce or bigger bottle is your only choice, pour a smaller amount in a cup and save the rest.

Decide when you’ll really want a soda, and limit yourself so that it’s not often.

Switch to milk -- maybe chocolate or strawberry -- for a more healthful option.

Source: "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association"

3 posted on 06/14/2005 6:55:41 PM PDT by Nov3 ("This is the best election night in history." --DNC chair Terry McAuliffe Nov. 2,2004 8p.m.)
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To: Nov3

I always avoid pronouncing it FROOK-tose. To get in the spirit of the stuff, it's high FRUCK-tose corn syrup.


4 posted on 06/14/2005 6:56:47 PM PDT by Petronski (Be alert! The world needs more lerts.)
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To: Nov3

"High Fructose Corn Syrup is the main health threat in our food."

But high fructose orange juice is just fine . . .


5 posted on 06/14/2005 7:01:40 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Nov3

Stick with beer and rum.


6 posted on 06/14/2005 7:03:36 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Born to Conserve
"High Fructose Corn Syrup is the main health threat in our food."

But high fructose orange juice is just fine .

Ounce for ounce, orange juice is not nearly as sweet as soda and there is vitamin C in organge juice, so yes it is just fine.

7 posted on 06/14/2005 7:03:51 PM PDT by Centurion2000 ("THE REDNECK PROBLEM" ..... we prefer the term, "Agro-Americans")
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To: Born to Conserve

NO


8 posted on 06/14/2005 7:07:30 PM PDT by Nov3 ("This is the best election night in history." --DNC chair Terry McAuliffe Nov. 2,2004 8p.m.)
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To: Chi-townChief

sound advice


9 posted on 06/14/2005 7:07:52 PM PDT by Nov3 ("This is the best election night in history." --DNC chair Terry McAuliffe Nov. 2,2004 8p.m.)
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To: Nov3

Why not diet colas? Some don't taste so good, but diet Cherry Coke, diet Lime Coke, Diet Dr. Pepper, Fresca and the Hansen's fruit sodas are all decent.


10 posted on 06/14/2005 7:09:09 PM PDT by Koblenz (Holland: a very tolerant country. Until someone shoots you on a public street in broad daylight...)
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To: Nov3

Americans drink a lot of sodas, but I find it impossible to believe that it is the main source of calories. This more food police crap. The main cause of obesity is lack of activity in my view.


11 posted on 06/14/2005 7:09:38 PM PDT by SALChamps03
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To: Nov3

I like Pepsi Max !


12 posted on 06/14/2005 7:10:54 PM PDT by Red Sea Swimmer (Tisha5765Bav)
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To: Nov3

Corn must be the biggest food crop grown in the US. If you read labels and I do because I am allergic to several things, you will find that corn, in some form (syrup, starch, flour, oil), is in almost every thing you buy. Corn is one of my food allergies and it is difficult to avoid.


13 posted on 06/14/2005 7:11:08 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: SALChamps03
The main cause of obesity is lack of activity in my view.

A cause to be sure but you can exercise your butt off and if your insulin levels are sky high you will not lose weight.

14 posted on 06/14/2005 7:11:49 PM PDT by Nov3 ("This is the best election night in history." --DNC chair Terry McAuliffe Nov. 2,2004 8p.m.)
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To: Nov3

I cut soft drinks out of my diet two years ago. It's done me a world of good.

Bottled water is the way to go.


15 posted on 06/14/2005 7:15:50 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: SALChamps03

I have lost 12 lbs in the last month...I would say 80% of that loss was due to change of diet, 20% to exercise.

I cut out white bread, pasta, white rice, sugary drinks, and junk food, and the few excess pounds came flying right off.


16 posted on 06/14/2005 7:16:24 PM PDT by Guillermo (42% of suicide bombers in Iraq are Saudi and Bush continues to lick their boots)
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To: Nov3

I try my best to stay away from soda. Otherwise I'd be a major blimp.


17 posted on 06/14/2005 7:17:14 PM PDT by k2blader ("A kingdom of conscience ... That is what lies at the end of Crusade.")
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To: Centurion2000
"orange juice is not nearly as sweet as soda"

Orange juice and soda have about the same amount of sugar.
I have seen 11% used as the typical sugar lever for oj, and looking at the sprite I just consumed, it has 26 grams of sugar in 240 ml of soda, which is pretty close to 240 grams, which puts sprite at about %11.

The good thing about oj is that if you drank 64oz of it you would puke, loosing weight in the process, whereas soda just goes down easy, turning in to fat with great efficiency.

Golden rule of weight control: "Eat less, do more."
18 posted on 06/14/2005 7:17:48 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Petronski

I love that frucking stuff.


19 posted on 06/14/2005 7:18:58 PM PDT by Constitution Day (Burger-Eating War Monkey)
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To: Nov3

www.popsoda.com

Go there, order Coke and Dr. Pepper made with good old fashioned cane sugar, in Mexico and Europe.

They have every soda you remembered, but can't find anymore, its an amazing place. You can order anything to be shipped, or if you live in Phoenix, go in and grab what you like, they also have tasty root beer in kegs.

I like Coca Cola Light (aka Diet Coke) from other countries.


20 posted on 06/14/2005 7:19:53 PM PDT by Central Scrutiniser (Intelligent design is neither.)
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To: Nov3

I drink the juice of life (Diet Coke), that has no calories, and still I need to lose weight. Why, God, why!


21 posted on 06/14/2005 7:42:30 PM PDT by ThreeYearLurker
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To: Nov3

Does beer count as a sweet drink?


22 posted on 06/14/2005 7:45:54 PM PDT by krb (ad hominem arguments are for stupid people)
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To: Nov3
Come on! Nothing beats these guys:


23 posted on 06/14/2005 7:49:31 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: SALChamps03

I dissagree. Spaniards are couch potatoes and they are not fat. It's the diet. (Well Mediterranean diet is also dissapearing too).

Thanks God, I belong to the "old generation" of Spaniards (I'm 34) and I don't like sodas.


24 posted on 06/14/2005 7:49:49 PM PDT by angelanddevil2
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To: ThreeYearLurker
I drink the juice of life (Diet Coke)

Please send me your address so that when I need a transfusion, they'll know where a compatible donor is!

25 posted on 06/14/2005 8:01:09 PM PDT by blu (This post edited for brevity.)
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To: Nov3

Limit soda drinking to Seltzer and/or Club soda. Problem solved!


26 posted on 06/14/2005 8:02:45 PM PDT by C210N (-)
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To: blu

One of the things I like about Diet Coke is that if I ever need a transfusiion, they can just shake a can up & connect it to an IV...it will provide the pressure and there is none of that "Type A+" stuff to worry about!


27 posted on 06/14/2005 8:07:29 PM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: Ditter
I am allergic to corn too and it is in everything. It's frustrating too. Things that shouldn't have any form of corn is pumped with the stuff. The most evil form of it is the high fructose corn syrup. That stuff should be banned.
28 posted on 06/14/2005 8:14:38 PM PDT by CajunConservative
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To: Nov3
That's true, but exercise and weight reduction helps control non-insulin dependent diabetes. I just see an awful lot of bottled water being sold. In fact, it has a lot of space in the stores. I don't think Americans drink as much soda as they'd like us to think. We drink a shit load of it to be sure. I also see people drinking a lot of bottled water. Let's not also forget that diet drinks with zero sugar sell well too.
29 posted on 06/14/2005 9:07:33 PM PDT by SALChamps03
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To: Guillermo

I drink a good bit of bottled water. I confess to drinking diet sodas. My busy schedule and lack of sleep make caffiene very tempting. I rarely drink a regular soda. I am trying my best to drink mostly water.


30 posted on 06/14/2005 9:09:02 PM PDT by SALChamps03
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To: angelanddevil2

Well, diet is certainly a factor. If you burn 5000 calories a day and intake 10,000, the exercise wouldn't prevent weight gain.


31 posted on 06/14/2005 9:10:46 PM PDT by SALChamps03
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To: CajunConservative

No, it shouldn't be banned because you are allergic to it. The rest of the world shouldn't have to comply with your allergy requirements.


32 posted on 06/14/2005 9:12:07 PM PDT by SALChamps03
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To: SALChamps03

It isn't just me that has a problem with it. It's kind of funny that the rapid rise in obesity and type two diabetes correlates with the time that hfcs was added into everything. The rest of the world would be better off if this fake food was taken off the market. The same thing goes for partially hydrogenated trans fats.

I know it won't get banned it doesn't mean I wish that it would be. The rest of the world is starting to get a lot fatter too. I wonder why?

http://www.menstuff.org/issues/byissue/highfructose.html

http://www.metnews.com/articles/reminiscing112603.htm

http://www.mercola.com/2004/apr/10/corn_fat.htm

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2004/02/18/FDGS24VKMH1.DTL


33 posted on 06/14/2005 9:50:01 PM PDT by CajunConservative
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To: SALChamps03
Americans drink a lot of sodas, but I find it impossible to believe that it is the main source of calories. This more food police crap.

Believe it.

There's 13.75 kcal per oz. of Pepsi (Coke is slightly lower). Drinking three of those 20oz bottles a day (very possible) yields 825 kcal.
That's about half of the base metabolic rate (BMR) for most women and well over a third of a man's BMR.

34 posted on 06/14/2005 10:11:11 PM PDT by dread78645 (Sorry Mr. Franklin, We couldn't keep it.)
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To: Central Scrutiniser
I like Coca Cola Light (aka Diet Coke) from other countries.

Check your local supermarket. Coke is coming out with a new product "Coca Cola Zero" by the end of the month.

35 posted on 06/14/2005 10:17:08 PM PDT by dread78645 (Sorry Mr. Franklin, We couldn't keep it.)
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To: dread78645

I saw it, the splendia diet coke is close to the foreign stuff, but not quite there.

What amazes me is that I have been to most every corner of the world, and Fanta is everywhere, but not in the USA!


36 posted on 06/14/2005 10:21:15 PM PDT by Central Scrutiniser (Intelligent design is neither.)
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To: dread78645

Most people I know who drink that much soda drink the diet version. Zero calories.


37 posted on 06/15/2005 6:04:19 AM PDT by SALChamps03
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To: Nov3

Some people are just lazy....


38 posted on 06/15/2005 6:06:45 AM PDT by dakine
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To: Nov3
Among respondents to the 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), more than two thirds reported drinking enough soda and/or sweet drinks to provide them with a greater proportion of daily calories than any other food. In addition, obesity rates were higher among these sweet drink consumers.
"These results are startling," Odilia Bermudez, PhD, MPH an assistant professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

To Who ???? It just goes to show that Fitness Coaches, and NOT these moronic eggheads should be helping to make Policy.

40 posted on 06/15/2005 6:11:24 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you dont have to...." ;)
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To: dread78645
Coke is coming out with a new product "Coca Cola Zero" by the end of the month.

Unfortunately, it looks like Coca Cola Zero still has aspartame in it, along with the Splenda. Coke must have signed an oath in blood that NutraSweet would be in all of their diet products forever.

I'll stick to Diet Rite cola - or Boylan Sugar Cane cola when I occasionally want the real stuff. ;)

41 posted on 06/15/2005 6:13:16 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Violence never settles anything." Genghis Khan, 1162-1227)
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To: Nov3
more than two thirds reported drinking enough soda and/or sweet drinks to provide them with a greater proportion of daily calories than any other food.

Last Thanksgiving, I saw my 16-year-old nephew go through a 2-liter bottle of Pepsi (3000 calories?) and half a blueberry pie. Believe it or not, he's a fat pig.

42 posted on 06/15/2005 6:13:20 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Koblenz
Some don't taste so good, but diet Cherry Coke, diet Lime Coke, Diet Dr. Pepper, Fresca and the Hansen's fruit sodas are all decent.

I'm partial to lime diet Coke and diet Dr. Pepper myself. Is that a bad thing?

43 posted on 06/15/2005 6:15:44 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Centurion2000

Juices are not remotely as healthy as whole fruits. They are little better than sodas, all commercials aside.


44 posted on 06/15/2005 6:16:19 AM PDT by ko_kyi
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To: Clintonfatigued

I quit having a Coke every morning during Lent and it almost kills me.


45 posted on 06/15/2005 6:17:01 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Born to Conserve
way different animals. HFCS was invented by the Japanese in the 1950's or 1960's and championed by Acher Daniel Midlands and the other giant food comglomerates... it has a strange effect on our bodies appetite machinery and is a main contibutor to US obesity.

natural orange juice doesn't have the same effect...

46 posted on 06/15/2005 6:20:58 AM PDT by chilepepper (The map is not the territory -- Alfred Korzybski)
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To: ThreeYearLurker

Drink More Diet Soda, Gain More Weight
Fox News
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
By Daniel J. DeNoon

People who drink diet soft drinks don't lose weight. In fact, they gain weight, a new study shows.

The findings come from eight years of data collected by Sharon P. Fowler, MPH, and colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. Fowler reported the data at this week's annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association in San Diego.

"What didn't surprise us was that total soft drink use was linked to overweight and obesity," Fowler tells WebMD. "What was surprising was when we looked at people only drinking diet soft drinks, their risk of obesity was even higher."

In fact, when the researchers took a closer look at their data, they found that nearly all the obesity risk from soft drinks came from diet sodas.

"There was a 41 percent increase in risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soft drink a person consumes each day," Fowler says.

More Diet Drinks, More Weight Gain

Fowler's team looked at seven to eight years of data on 1,550 Mexican-American and non-Hispanic white Americans aged 25 to 64. Of the 622 study participants who were of normal weight at the beginning of the study, about a third became overweight or obese.


47 posted on 06/15/2005 6:23:37 AM PDT by Wolfie
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"High Fructose Corn Syrup is the main health threat in our food."

It's in absolutely everything!!!! I once bough a 1-lb container of potato salad, and it was loaded with HFCS.

It's frikkin' disgusting!
48 posted on 06/15/2005 6:23:38 AM PDT by LIConFem (A fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi.)
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To: Wolfie
"There was a 41 percent increase in risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soft drink a person consumes each day," Fowler says.

I'd be inclined to believe that the people drinking diet sodas perhaps did so because they knew their other eating habits were more inclined to make them fat. Thin people don't need to drink diet sodas, so why would they? Otherwise, it makes no sense that a zero-calorie beverage is going to make anybody fat.

49 posted on 06/15/2005 6:28:31 AM PDT by Junior_G
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To: All
I believe that half of the thirty pounds that I lost were the result of cutting out coke. I would drink a can before bed almost every night. As long as I stay away from high carb drinks, I can pretty much eat what I want and not gain weight.

My 11 year old son was starting to look a little pudgy and becoming insecure about his belly, so we switched the whole family over to a lower glycemic regimen. No more fruit drinks, pops, white bread, sweets, etc.. Only 100% whole wheat, diet pop, water, low carb sweets. He was not heavy for his height, but in 2 weeks he lost 6 lbs and felt alot better.

My concern is when they go back to school. We are trying to teach them to make better choices when we are not around to monitor their eating.

I firmly believe that one day history will show refined carbs and the so called "food pyramid" as one of the greatest causes of disease and death to mankind.
50 posted on 06/15/2005 6:30:02 AM PDT by okkev68
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