To Drink or Not to Drink Soda?


Balance Calories Initiative from the American Beverage Association

Will this campaign be enough to diminish some the current issues surrounding the ramification for over-drinking sodas, (regular/diet) and other sugary drinks?

This week I sat through a panel discussion featuring the American Beverage Association where they discussed making efforts to address the floodgates of concerns that we all share about soft drinks and how it is currently affecting our society—more specially, our children.

The association expressed that they are committed to being part of the solution for reducing obesity in America. While many eyebrows were raised, and some snickering remarks were made, I am glad that our voices are heard and they are considering our concerns.

They discussed making smaller cans, and placing the total calorie count in front of the container of the beverage, so everyone could be more cognizant about how many calories they are taking in with every choice that they make.

My advice to you is to keep in mind that the association is doing their part, so do your part; choose your beverages wisely and drink more water!

By the way, did you know that water have so many benefits besides quenching thirst and tasting so refreshingly good?

Here are some of the many reasons to drink water:

  • Increases energy
  • Promotes weight loss/healthy weight management
  • Removes by-products of fat
  • Reduces overeating (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals),
  • Raises your metabolism and has zero calories!
  • Improves skin complexion
  • Gets rid of wrinkles
  • Boosts immune system
  • Helps fight the flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks
  • Prevents cramps & sprains
  • Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated
  • Makes the muscles more elastic, so joint pain is less likely to occur.

Now, let us discuss the effects of not drinking enough water.

It can lead to dehydration and cause symptoms of dehydration such as:

  • Dry mouth
  • Extreme thirst
  • Dizzy and light headed
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach ache
  • Chronic pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Bloat and water retention

The daily recommendation for water intake is 8 – 10 glasses, so drink up. If you must drink soda, choose the smaller cans.

Also, please read about their national and local initiatives to help consumers make better beverage choices: and


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