Posts Tagged ‘soda’

Soda consumption fuels obesity

OK, so that’s not news. But there is an interesting campaign going for the summer encouraging Bay Area/Oakland residents to eliminate or at least reduce their soda consumption this summer.

Some interesting points from the article

The Center for Weight and Health at UC Berkeley, states that sugared beverage consumption has increased 500 percent over the past five decades — at a rate that roughly corresponds with the increase in overweight children.”

“Gee told the crowd of about 100 gathered for the campaign launch that he’s seen rates of Type 2 diabetes in children multiply during the 20 years he’s been in practice. And he described a recent study concluding that it took the consumption of just 150 excess calories a day to separate the children who became overweight from those who maintained normal weights. ‘And what is 150 calories a day? It’s a can of soda,’ Gee said.”

“…the average teen drinks 750 cans of soda yearly.”

Beverage facts

— Soda is the No. 1 source of sugar in the American diet.

— 30 percent of all calories consumed daily are from sweetened beverages.

— Americans spend $56 billion annually on purchasing nondiet soft drinks.

— U.S. teens consume twice as much soda as milk.

— Drinking just one 20-ounce bottle of soda each day for a year can result in gaining 25 extra pounds.

Read the entire article

Aspartame Dangers

I have never been a fan of artificial sweetner because of it’s link to cancer, so I have always avoided it. But it’s more harmful to a larger group of people than just the potential to develop cancer.

Phenylalanine – Aspartame
Phenylalanine is a hidden danger to anyone consuming aspartame. Most consumers don’t know that too much Phenylalanine is a neurotoxin and excites the neurons in the brain to the point of cellular death.

ADD/ADHD, emotional and behavioral disorders can all be triggered by too much Phenylalanine in the daily diet. If you are one in ten thousand people who are PKU or carry the PKU gene, Phenylalanine can cause irreversible brain damage and death, especially when used in high quantities or during pregnancy. Phenylalanine is 50% of aspartame, and to the degree humans consume diet products, Phenylalanine levels are reaching a dangerous peak.

It is important to learn about the ingredients within your foods, especially isolated amino acids like Phenylalanine. They are in combination within nature for a reason – they don’t belong in isolated form for the healthy human diet.

Phenylalanine – Aspartame
Nutrition fact about Phenylalanine in aspartame:

The 1976 Groliers encyclopedia states cancer cannot live without phenylalanine. Phenylalanine makes up 50% of aspartame.

Phenylalanine is one of the essential amino acids found in proteins, but I am one of the believers that amino acids should be eaten in combination, not in isolated form. Nature provides amino acids in combination; only man isolates them for processing purposes.

Phenylalanine is found naturally in foods such as eggs, milk, bananas, and meat. If you are PKU (Phenylketonuric) or sensitive to phenylalanine, you will react to the phenylalanine in aspartame. You may want to get a blood test to check for this condition. Over the past 20 years, humans have become more aware of PKU reactions because human beings began using isolated phenylalanine to the degree it is harmful to some individuals, many as aspartame side effects. My suggestion would be to research PKU and phenylalanine extensively. Phenylalanine can be very harmful to diabetics.

Read all food labels and avoid anything with isolated amino acids. You want to buy products with at least eight amino acids in combination.