Every 5 years or so, the general physician has to help patients unravel the truth about the latest “drinkable” beverage trend.
Whether it’s the astronaut’s favorite orange drink, or one of the myriad of sodas (aka pop), diet, zero or regular, a powdered adult kool-aid like product to mix into good ole’ water, or more recently, all the “energy drinks”.
The billion dollar beverage industry is trying to tell us we could be smarter, sexier, have more energy and downright be cooler IF we consume their products.
This market implies we are fat, lazy, undesirable, and downright thirsty and dumb without the processed liquids.
But in reality, we know for a fact, that our parents and grandparents, who came from a generation that consumed more water and coffee were basically slimmer and healthier than the current generation, who have always had soda around and drink it or one of it’s sweet cousins nearly daily.
The days where soda was a rare beverage you got with a social event or at a birthday party (the 7-up spiked punch with ice cream floating in the bowl) gradually became a regular, daily, mainstream drink purchasable in bulk.
Nowadays, I have to hold back from interrupting a young and I presume ,well meaning father from pouring some of his brown soda from his 64 oz monster fountain drink into his chunky toddlers sippy cup!
Yes, I have witnessed this and my husband had to put a hand on me to keep me from getting up and “educating” the young man.
I also have to keep from rolling my eyes when perfectly normal adults complain about insomnia, headaches and constipation that obviously stem from poor diet and overconsumption of these sweet/carbonated beverages almost to the exclusion of pure fresh water.
I get incredulous looks when I share that though I love the taste of coke and ginger-ale, that I consume it rarely- less than one or 2 servings a month. I keep it a rare thing since I know there is absolutely NOTHING about it that benefits my health.
So, if drinking sweet processed beverages is a regular occurrence in your home and lives, your next Healthgist challenge is to minimize this habit.
Your health and wallets will improve with this one change alone.