Drinking Soda Is Now as Bad as Smoking


sodaRemember the good old days, when you could enjoy a nice, cold, refreshing cola -- diet or loaded with sugar, as you preferred -- without shame? Where, oh where, have those blissful days gone?

Seriously, when did drinking soda become such a serious health taboo?

It seems like studies exploring all the ways in which soft drinks will kill us -- slow deaths, quick deaths -- are coming with increasing frequency.

The latest? Brace yourself ...

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center have found that drinking two or more sugary drinks a day dramatically raises women's risk for diabetes and high cholesterol. And while women who regularly quaff sugary beverages, like soda, are also much more likely to become obese, even skinny female soda drinkers had a higher risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Of course, if you've been paying attention to the research, you know that switching to diet soda isn't going to solve your problems: Even the non-sugary stuff has been linked to an increased risk for stroke and heart disease.

It's funny, isn't it, how at some point it just became a total taboo to drink soda, whether diet or sugared? It's hard to imagine that we'll go back to those halcyon days when we could up-size those fountain drinks or grab a frosty can of pop without someone giving us the hairy eyeball.

It's gotten so that, just this past weekend, when I bought probably the first diet soda I've had in about the last six months and drank it while watching my son's soccer game, I found myself wondering about how the other moms on the sidelines might be judging me. Growing increasingly hot with shame, after only a few sips, I replaced the cap on the bottle and shoved the embarrassing beverage down into the bottom of my tote bag.

I guess now that our soda innocence is lost -- now that we know just how bad all those ingredients and additives can be for our health -- we probably won't ever get it back.

Glass of water, anyone?

Are you drinking less soda these days than you used to?


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Logan... LoganTroyMom

uh, no? If another mom has a problem with me drinking a soda, next time i'll bring tequila.

Zamaria Zamaria

I still drink a coke every morning! Can't stand the diet stuff. And every now and then, I drink one or two during the day. I've never really drank a lot of soda, mostly tea. But I am drinking more water than I used to. I'm not real worried about people judging me for drinking soda. If they are judging me for that, they aren't really people I want to be friends with.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I hardly ever drink it anyway, usually just when we have fast food which is maybe once a month tops. I don't like it much with food anyway so if I'm getting takeout to eat at home I'll just get the food and have water. I do occasionally have a microbrew soda but that's maybe once a year. All in all and I drink about as much soda in a year as I do water in a day.

brand... brandspanknnew

I get sooo pissed off at these studies. Back when women were known for always being elegantly slender they drank soda and ate bad foods and loved candy. The difference now? Excess. Over consumption. I am not the smallest girl in the world, but even for my thick width in the middle, I am in GREAT health internally. I know I am overweight, but it's not because I gorge myself with nasty yuckiness, it's because I eat. I eat the amount a human should, of what a human should, still indulging in my little weaknesses, but I don't care about eating a candy bar and drinking a soda at the same time. Instead I prefer it. But because I don't do it all day everyday. (and my metabolism sucks)

kebrowni kebrowni

I've cut back on the amount of soda I drink ever since I got pregnant (not pregnant now), but I still enjoy one every now and then. I try to stick with caffeine free, but I won't lie...Dr. Pepper tastes really good some days! Besides, everything these days will give you cancer or diabetes or kill you, I'm not worried about it.

jagam... jagamama0710

I have a soda maybe a couple times a month. I don't buy it for home so it's only when we go out and even then not always. I do crave bubbles though sometimes so I buy La Croix Lime sparkling water. Super yummy!!!

alisa... alisabethjaimes

I drink a few sodas a week, tops. It's not a daily thing. I know people who drink 3-4 sodas a day and it disgusts me. It's bad for your teeth and not great for your overall health. 2 sodas a day, to me, is not good either.

Mrs.K... Mrs.Kubalabuku

I wouldn't worry about having yourself a soda!  Don't let this stupid stuff take away all your enjoyment.  The fact is, someday, somehow, WE WILL ALL DIE!!!!

The idea is moderation.  Too much of any one thing can kill you.  So, just pay attention.  If you want the flavor and fun fizzly pop of a soda, grab a soda.  If you are thirsty, grab a water.  If you are thirsty but want a soda, either go for carbonated water, or grab one soda and one water!  People need to relearn how to listen to their bodies and what the difference is between meeting a need and enjoying a treat.

And if some mom gives you the hairy eyeball for indulging, shrug it off.  Whether or not she'll ever admit it in public, she has a vice of her own.  ;)

mommix4 mommix4

I love soda! And I could really care less if someone has a problem with my coke consumption. I'm 5ft7in and I weigh 150 I have some jiggle but who cares

Lucre... LucretiaMcEvil

"Drinking Soda Is Now as Bad as Smoking"

OMG! I didn't know soda causes lung cancer! Wow!

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