Do You Have a No-Soda Rule? It’s Working!

Posted on July 20, 2015
There are 65 grams of sugar—the equivalent of 22 packs—in a regular 20-ounce can of soda. This begs the question posed by the Rethink Your Drink campaign: “You wouldn’t eat 22 packs of sugar a day, so why would you drink them?”
Apparently, more people are asking themselves that question, as soda sales have declined for the tenth year in a row, the San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership reports. In response to the new data, The Center for Science in the Public Interest released the following statement: “One of the most important things a non-smoker can do to improve his or her health is to stop drinking soda and other sugary drinks. Soda promotes diabetes, heart disease, obesity, tooth decay, and other health problems, and unlike other foods, provides nothing of positive value to the body.” Open Truth, a collaboration of various community health organizations, also reports the following disturbing facts about soda:
  • Just one 12-ounce soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar — more than the daily maximum for adults and more than 3 times the daily maximum for kids.
  • The young people targeted by sugary drink companies to grow their business are the first generation of Americans expected to live shorter lives than their parents due to type 2 diabetes and related diseases.
  • One-third of all children born in the United States today—and nearly one-half of all Latino and African-American children—will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. A major cause of this epidemic is the consumption of sugary drinks.
The good news is that growing awareness may soon cause these numbers to change. According to the latest headlines from Beverage Digest, carbonated soda consumption is down by about 12 gallons per person, and water is way up. Way to go parents—we know your hard work at home has something to do with it!