President's Prescription: Soda and Your Health

President's Prescription: Soda and Your Health

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It doesn't matter whether you call them sodas or pops or like we do here in the South, everything's a "coke." We've all heard about the potential problems related to health and soda consumption.

Now when we were growing up, sodas were something that you had as a weekend treat. But today more and more people consume them on a daily basis. So just what are the problems related to sodas?

The average 12-ounce can of soda contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar, which in liquid-form, can drastically affect your body's regulation of insulin. Additionally, some sodas have more than 50 milligrams of caffeine per can, which is roughly half of the total amount that is safe for your body to consume in a single day.

What about diet sodas? While they may be sugar and calorie free, your body still doesn't fare well with the artificial sweeteners that you use in your favorite diet soft drink. In fact, artificial sweeteners confuse your body, and they can elicit the same insulin-producing response as regular sugar, which in turn causes your body to store fat and causes you to gain weight.

Finally, the most important reason to limit your intake of sodas, is that they're empty calories with no nutritional value. While they might taste good, what is good for your mouth may not necessarily be good for the rest of your body. Instead, spend those calories on foods that are nutritional for your body. So, try to limit the fizzy stuff, and go more with water.