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Soda and Health

I Drank So Much Soda As A Child That My Veins Collapsed

Andy Campbell | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Andy Campbell

I'd just finished a Mountain Dew, my first love, which I drank whenever I was thirsty. My mom called me to the kitchen for dinner, and I stood up. But as I made my way across the living room, everything got dark. I could feel my heart throbbing in my ears, and then, I felt nothing.

Is My Diet Soda Addiction a Problem?

Judybeth Greene | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Judybeth Greene

I have found myself more concerned about my diet soda consumption and seriously wondering about any health side effects. I have gone through cavities, crowns, root canals, bridges, dental implants and an osteopenia diagnosis.

The Science Driving a Soda Tax

Dr. Harold Goldstein | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Goldstein

Passing taxes is never an easy proposition. Given the preponderance of science and research describing the damage liquid sugar is doing to our health and our communities, soda taxes offer an ideal platform to educate and engage voters in this critical public health issue.

Malcolm Gladwell, Proof and Soda

Michael Hobbes | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Hobbes

Starting in the 1990s, governments started taking tobacco prevention seriously. They removed vending machines, taxed cigarettes, banned smoking in bars and prevented marketing anywhere kids might see it. I think in the next 10 years you'll see the same thing with soda.

What Big Soda Learned From the Marlboro Man

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Food isn't tobacco. And Coca-Cola isn't Philip Morris. But the playbook is the same, and we ignore it at our peril.

Sugar, 1; People, 0: The Soda Ban Wasn't Perfect, It Was a Start

Diana Le Dean | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Diana Le Dean

The soda ban was an imperfect beginning, surely, but it was a beginning. It was not going to end our sugar addiction any more than making bars smoke-free was going to get the city to en masse kick the smoking habit. It was a one small factor in a complex equation.

Still Believe 'A Calorie Is A Calorie'?

Robert Lustig, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Lustig, M.D.

Sugar in excess is a toxin, unrelated to its calories. The dose determines the poison. Like alcohol, a little sugar is fine, but a lot is not. And the food industry has put us way over our limit.

The Sweet Monster in the Supersized Cup

Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D. | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D.

Sugar -- especially in soft drinks -- should be placed in the same category as alcoholic beverages and cigarettes. I can hear the moans from Coca-Cola and Pepsi, but it is a fact that reducing the amount of sugar in sweetened drinks can make a huge difference.

Wine Is Healthier Than Coke

Stanton Peele | Posted 03.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

We confront an era when we have to eliminate the ubiquity of sugary drinks -- including even fruit juice. And, then, what will we drink? Bittman makes clear that it should be water. That's one possibility.

Does Drinking Soda Cause Depression? Not So Fast

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

The study doesn't show that soda causes depression, but rather found an association between the two -- soda drinkers were more likely to be diagnosed with depression. It is important not to confuse the two.

Weighing in on Sugary Beverages and Obesity

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Significantly reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is a key component in solving America's obesity crisis.