This is a Transition that can go on forever!
I read the other day in The New York Times that the Coca Cola Company is funding scientists and University research departments to study the relationship between drinking sodas and obesity.
Do you think there is a relationship? [answer here . . . . . . . ]
Coca-Cola wants to develop the suggestion that drinking sodas does not lead to obesity. Lack of exercise is the cause of obesity. Well, sure there is a relationship with exercise and we all need it! But lets begin thinking about our health and how it relates to what we drink.
How much liquid do we need?
According to a general rule-of-thumb, a healthy body needs about 8 glasses of water 8 times a day to maintain it’s functions; from providing tears for your eyes to sweat when you exercise. The human body is made up of 60% water by wieght and needs to be constantly replenished. All fluids count in that total. Do the math: 8 ounces of water x 8 times a day = 64 ounces of fluid.
In Seattle coffee is the drink of choice on most every desk and, indeed, there is a Starbucks’ on nearly every corner! On the East Coast, where I used to live, water was the drink of choice – that handy bottle was on every desk and in the hand/ the bike/ the car – everywhere. Eight cups of coffee a day should have your jumping out of your skin, but I’m sure some folks do it. Eight cups of water has no calories, is good for you body, and not tough to maintain as most people also have a couple’a’cups a’ joe, juice and perhaps a wine, beer or cocktail. But oh so many Americans of all ages also drink soda and this is where obesity comes into the picture.
The statistics are amazing: Did you know that you have to walk 3 miles to burn off the 130 calories in a can of soda? That is just 7.5 ounces – not quite 1 cup. Check out Sugar Stacks on-line they have all the calorie counts: a 34 ounce bottle of Coca-Cola has 400 calories and 0 nutrition, it’s just sugar, water, artificial flavorings, artificial colorings.
What are the choices?
There seem to be 100’s of other drinks on the market, juice flavored waters in multiple bright colors and flavorings that claim to be healthy and are definatly expensive. and tons a soft drinks
Fruit juice is healthier but also high in calories due to the sugar content
Wine, Beer and Alchohol all add to your calorie count, but Coca-Cola is not researching these drinks so we are on our own to determine how they might fit into a Healthy Eating plan.
What is a calorie?
A calorie is a unit of energy provided by something you consume. Everything you eat has calories – as you know if you have lived for more than 5 years! You also know there are good calories and bad calories.
Selecting your drink of choice
Selecting your beverages on a daily basis means deciding how to supply your body with the liquid it must have with the number of calories you can take in and burn off on a daily basis. Coca-Cola has a new Scientific Standard for you:
Don’t count Calories – Exercise more!
Now, I do agree that “calorie counting” is not a valuable method of Eating Healthy, but is it a quick way to make basic decisions about what to eat or drink: A slice of chocolate cake or fruit? A salad or soup with a variety of vegetables or a hamburger and fries? Pancakes with maple syrup or 1 egg on whole wheat toast? A soda or a glass of ice water with lemon?
If you fulfill most of your bodies liquid needs with water = 0 calories, you have a world of choices about what to eat (I do recommend the fruit over that chocolate cake).
Water is really good. A tall glas of ice water is totally refreshing. Adding pure fruit juice (with no added sugar) or ice tea is easy and healthy.
The point is that no body needs soda – and – no huge mega-corporation, using marketing, advertising, peer pressure and, now, “Scientific Studies” to sell their totally unnecessary product should be allowed to succeed.
Adapt a page from the Dairy Association: