Better Living on the Web: Soda Wars

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The unhealthy underbelly of America’s food industry has come under scrutiny over the last decade thanks in part to documentaries such as Food, Inc. and Super Size Me. As a result, the organic food trend has become a mainstream idea, and the government has taken some small steps. First Lady Michelle Obama has made of childhood obesity her main cause, and recently New York City imposed a ban on selling sugary drinks that are over 16 ounces.

Once stable industries have been attacked and now feel the need to defend themselves. This week, in fact, Coca-Cola released a commercial touting all the ways it’s trying to help us consume less calories. It promotes the fact that “all calories count, no matter where they come from.” It is an interesting tactic and one that will probably win many people over. After all, Coca-Cola is a cultural icon. But the truth is that not all calories are the same. The calories from a sugary drink are worse than the calories from a plate of vegetables. Studies from Princeton University and the University of California at Los Angeles show that high-fructose corn syrup—the sweet stuff usually used in soda—increases body fat and can impair memory.

High-fructose corn syrup is a chemically altered substance that has become a staple in many of the foods we eat, so it is difficult to avoid. To help, we have collected articles that present the facts and helpful advice about about soda, high-fructose corn syrup and childhood obesity. Now, I’m off to refill my water bottle.

The Truth About Soda (Huffington Post)

Alternatives to Soda (Everyday Health)

A Mother’s Personal Experience with Her Child’s Weight (USA Today)

Commentary on Coca-Cola’s Campaign (New York Times)



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