I've quit soda almost completely, only taking a sip sometimes to wash down a slice of pizza, right?
Let's break it down a little:
- Sunkist Orange Soda - 52 grams of sugar
- Fanta Orange Soda - 51.5 grams of sugar
- Mountain Dew - 47 grams of sugar
- Vanilla Coke - 42 grams of sugar
- Dr. Pepper - 41 grams of sugar
- Coca Cola Classic - 40.5 grams of sugar
- Pepsi - 40 grams of sugar
- Sprite - 39 grams of sugar
These are 12oz cans.
A teaspoon of granulated sugar is equal to about 4 grams. Next time you chug down a 20 oz bottle of Orange Soda you are having about 20 teaspoons of sugar.
That is half a cup of granulated sugar.
Another cup of diabetes, anyone?
"But I drink diet soda," you whine.
You'd be better off with the sugar.
I have completely quit all artificial sweeteners since reading the following:
(quoted from http://www.sweetpoison.com/)
Aspartame and PKU
This sugar substitute, sold commercially as Equal and NutraSweet, was hailed as the savior for dieters who for decades had put up with saccharine's unpleasant after taste.
There are quite a few problems with aspartame.
The first is phenylketonuria (PKU). One out of 20,000 babies is born without the ability to metabolize phenylalanine, one of the two amino acids in aspartame.
Toxic levels of this substance in the blood can result in mental retardation.
Beyond PKU, several scientists believe that aspartame might cause altered brain function and behavior changes in consumers.
And many people have reported the following side effects from aspartame:
- Fibromyalgia Syndrome and symptoms of Fibromyalgia
- Multiple Sclerosis symptoms
- Menstrual problems