Dallas, TX. July 2014
Soft drinks have been in the news lately, especially for their detrimental effect on the obesity epidemic in America. In fact, a certain mayor even tried to ban soft drinks over 16 ounces from being sold.
It is a fact that Americans drink more soda and soft drinks than anyone else in the world. The average American buys 170 liters of soda in the course of a year. Yes, they may taste great and give you a short lasting energy boost, but think about these harmful ingredients the next time you get a craving…and know that those empty calories can defeat the purpose of your lap band, gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery.
We all are fully aware that there is no nutritional benefit to sodas and even diet sodas. In fact, most of us know that sodas are actually harmful to our body. So why can’t we stop consuming these sugary drinks? Recent studies have linked soda consumption to osteoporosis, obesity, kidney disease, tooth decay, and heart attacks. In addition:
The motto is true that ‘everything is okay in moderation.’ It’s the overindulgence that hurts us. But, when bariatric surgery patients think of a soda, it’s better to go with water with lemon or iced tea sweetened with natural sweeteners, such as Stevia or Truvia. It’s refreshing without the addition of extra calories, damaging health effects, and empty calories that can be so detrimental to the weight loss surgery patient!