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The trend among obese kids is to drink diet colas.

The new study, from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, set out to determine whether there was any connection between diet soda consumption and Belly Fat. The researchers followed 750 European-American and Mexican-American people over the age of 65 for almost 10 years.

It turned out that people who drank the most diet soda (at least one drink per day) had a much steeper rise in waist circumference over the years than those who didn’t drink the stuff at all. After adjusting for other variables like smoking status, age, activity level, the results were still striking: Waist circumference increased 0.8 inches for “non-users” (that is, non-diet-soda-drinkers), 1.83 in for occasional users, and 3.16 inches for daily users.


Artificial sweeteners may shift the assortment of friendly bacteria in the gut. A study last fall found altered ratios of gut bacteria (along with glucose intolerance) in both mice and men after drinking artificially sweetened drinks for a week. Gut bacteria are well known to affect how we digest and metabolize food, and if their ideal ratios are altered in any way, this may pave the way for overweight and obesity.

Last month a highly publicized study suggested the caramel color in some sodas, 4-methylimidazole, was found in amounts sufficient to increase our cancer risk, prompting the authors to call for federal regulation.


Diet product doesn’t mean being consequence-free!

Source: Forbes & Others

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Coca-Cola (or Coke) is the most recognized brand in the world. The dark, carbonated, sugary beverage has become the most widely consumed drink in the world since WWII. There are many studies and documentaries showing the ill effects of Coke on the human body, but this addictive drink has other, more beneficial uses that the Coca-Cola Company may not want you to know:
1. Remove stains from chinaware.

Soak stained chinaware in Coke for a few hours, and it will remove all the stains.
2. Remove marker stains from a carpet

Pour Coke on the marker stain, and then scrub it with a soapy solution for a quick and easy clean-up.

3. Clean burnt residue off of pots and pans

Pour enough Coke to cover the burnt residue in the pot/pan and let it soak overnight. You’ll be amazed how easily the gunk comes off in the morning.
4. Get rid of grease stains your detergent can’t handle

Pour some Coke into the washing machine with your greasy clothes and see the magic.

5. Diet Coke can fix a bad hair-dye job

Did you accidentally botch up your hair dye? Just soak your hair in Diet Coke for 15 minutes and watch the dye fade away.
6. Strip paint from metallic surfaces

Soak a towel with Coke and leave it on the painted metallic surface for several hours. When you remove the towel – the paint will come off with it.

7. Keep your car battery working for longer

If your car battery’s terminals are covered in corrosion, pour Coke on it and watch how the corrosion melts away.
8. Effective slug pesticide

If your garden is experiencing a slug infestation, pour a Coke into a bowl and leave it outside overnight. The sugar will draw them in, and the acidity will kill these pests.

9. Remove grout from tiles with ease

Pour Coke on gritty tiles and let it sit for a few minutes. The grout should be easily removed now, leaving you with clean tiles.
10. Clean your toilet

Pour a can of Coke into your toilet and leave it overnight. The acidity in the Coke will strip off any nasty residue that accumulated in the bowl.

11. Make old coins shine again

Soak dirty coins in Coke for a few hours and then rinse them – they’ll look like they were minted yesterday.
12. Coke + aluminium foil = clean chrome

Pour Coke on dirty chrome surfaces, and then wipe away with aluminium foil. The chrome will look shiny and new again.

13. Coke makes for an effective insect repellent

Pour a can into a bowl and leave it outside for an hour before you entertain. When your party arrives, move the bowl away and enjoy an insect-free environment. The bugs will be too busy with the Coke to harass your friends.
14. Remove blood stains from clothes

Soak the bloody part in Coke for an hour, and then wash it away. (Repeat if necessary)

15. Get rid of gum stuck in your hair

Soak the gum in Coke for 15 minutes and simply wipe it away.

16. Clean up oil stains from floors

If your car leaves oil stains on the garage floor, get it fixed. Afterwards, pour some Coke on the stains and let it soak for a few hours, then rinse it off with some water

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I often advise my parents to cut colas and fruit juices.

Well, here is another vindication of that wisdom.

According to a very recent Harvard Research, Sugary drinks can lead to early periods

Colas and Sugary drinks have a high glycemic index than naturally sweetened drinks such as fruit juices. High-glycemic foods result in a rapid increase in insulin concentrations in the body. Higher insulin concentrations can result in higher concentrations of sex hormones and large alterations in the concentrations of these hormones circulating in the body has been linked to periods starting earlier. Greater caffeine intake has also been associated with earlier periods.

Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/sugary-drinks-lead-to-early-periods/1/415927.html

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More reasons to ditch your Soda.

New study finding: Drink at least one sugar-sweetened drink a day and be more likely to develop kidney stones.

While the recommendation for kidney stone prevention has been to drink a lot of fluids, the study suggests that it’s not just the amount of fluid but the type of drink that also matters.

Study looked at three massive surveys of nearly 200,000 people. They found that 159 out of every 100,000 people who drank a sugar-sweetened non-cola beverage, such as clear soda, less than once a week developed kidney stones, compared to 306 out of every 100,000 who drank soda daily.

After accounting for other factors, that translated to a 33 percent greater chance of developing kidney stones.

Frequent punch drinkers also had an 18 percent higher chance of developing kidney stones.

Other drinks, such as coffee, tea, wine, beer and orange juice were tied to a lower risk of developing kidney stones.

SOURCE: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, online May 15, 2013.

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People who consume two or more diet sodas per day are 30% more likely to suffer a cardiovascular event and 50% more likely to die from related disease than those who rarely consume the drinks, according to latest research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual scientific session.

This is not the first study to report such findings. A 2012 study by French researchers published in “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” found a strong correlation between diet drinks and increased risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Aspartame, the artificial sweetener used in drinks like Diet Sodas, is widely reported to show a correlation between cancer and aspartame consumption.

Pay money and buy Cancer causing Chemicals, or switch to healthful Water. Your choice.

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Carbonated water (also known as club soda, soda water, sparkling water, seltzer water, or fizzy water) is water into which carbon dioxide gas under pressure has been dissolved. This process, known as carbonation. This process creates carbonic acid.

It is suspected (not proven conclusively) that carbolic acid helps dissolve calcium from the bones, causes kidney stones, and strips the enamel from our teeth. Drinking a ton of sparkling water could cause some unpleasant stomach symptoms for some people. Not all, but, some soda water contain added sodium and sugar. And if it has any additives (like flavors) they may contain unsavory chemicals and added sugar.

On a positive note however, while artificially carbonated water is slightly more acidic than still water, it’s not as acidic as sugary sodas.


You body works hard to exhale carbon dioxide from the system. If so, why add additional carbon dioxide to your body in the form of Soda?

Something to think before you take the next burp.

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The golden-brown color of many soft drinks comes with a dose of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MeI.

4-Methylimidazole (4-MEI) is a compound used to make certain pharmaceuticals, photographic chemicals, dyes and pigments, cleaning and agricultural chemicals, and rubber products.

On U.S. product labels it appears simply as "caramel coloring." Products that potentially contain 4‑MEI include certain colas, beers, soy sauces, breads, coffee, and other products.

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer and the state of California, now limits manufacturers to 29 micrograms of exposure for the average consumer per day. Foods exceeding that limit have to carry a warning label that reads: "WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer."

Studies published in 2007 by the federal government’s National Toxicology Program showed that long-term exposure to 4-MEI resulted in increases in lung cancer in male and female mice.

But when Consumer Reports purchased sodas in California and had them analyzed by a lab, it found that one 12-ounce serving of Pepsi One exceeded the levels permitted without a warning label. Interestingly, Pepsi One purchased by the group in December in New York contains four times as much 4-MeI as the same product bought that same month in California.

The Food and Drug Administration does not set federal limits on 4-MeI in food.


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Scientists have discovered that young children that consume soft drinks have problems with aggression, attention problem and withdrawal behavior. Soda has long been linked with aggression, depression and suicidal thoughts in adolescents.


Researchers assessed approximately 3,000 5-year-old children enrolled in the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. 43 percent of the children consumed at least one serving of soft drinks every day. Another four percent consumed four or more. In addition, the researchers found that aggression, withdrawal and attention problems were associated with soda consumption.

Scientists found that those who drank four or more soft drinks per day were twice as likely to destroy things belonging to others, get into fights and physically attack people. These children also had increased attention problems and withdrawal behavior when compared to those who didn’t drink soda.


The nature of the association between soda and behavior problems is unclear but it does show that there is an effect. Think again. Is your child’s behavior and mental health more important or is drinking Soda. If you want him/her to stop Sodas, stop drinking it yourself before you advocate to your child.

Source: The Journal of Pediatrics

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Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny, professor of restorative dentistry at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia in the journal General Dentistry:

Woman in her 30s who drank 2 liters of diet soda daily for three to five years experienced tooth rot and decay remarkably similar to that suffered by a 29-year-old methamphetamine addict and a 51-year-old habitual crack cocaine user.

Methamphetamine and crack are known to ravage the mouths of users, and the drug abusers need all of their teeth extracted. The acid in soda is in the form of citric acid and phosphoric acid and does more or less the same.


"You look at it side-to-side with ‘meth mouth’ or ‘coke mouth,’ it is startling to see the intensity and extent of damage more or less the same,"

How does the industry react?

A group representing soft drink manufacturers said this case study should not be seen as an indictment of diet sodas generally.


Sugar-free soda is no better than regular soda when it comes to dental decay. Avoid them. Especially for kids.

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What exactly is 4-MEI? It’s a compound formed during the production of some caramel coloring agents and is found in colas, beers, soy sauces, breads, and coffee, according to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Under a state law called Proposition 65, California requires manufacturers to label toxic substances. And the state added 4-MEI to its list last year after “studies published in 2007 by the federal government’s National Toxicology Program showed that long-term exposure to 4-MEI resulted in increases in lung cancer in male and female mice,” the state environmental website said.

A report released just before July 4th by an environmental group seems to have gotten lost in the holiday weekend haze, despite findings that link cola and cancer. Pepsi continues to sell sodas made with 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI—ruled a carcinogen last year by the state of California—according to the Center For Environmental Health.

The nonprofit group noted that Pepsi sold inside California had been reformulated to comply with state rules about the substance, yet drinks sold outside the state continue to include higher amounts of 4-MEI, which helps give the company’s cola drinks their caramel hue. The group found little to no 4-MEI in Coca-Cola (KO), which has switched to a modified caramel coloring.

In a response published in the Center for Environmental Health’s report, PepsiCo said its “coloring suppliers have been working on modifying the manufacturing process to reduce the amount of 4-MEI,” adding that drinks sold in the rest of the U.S. will have reduced levels of the chemical “by February 2014.”

In a statement issued on Friday afternoon, the company elaborated: “We strongly refute any claim that any product we sell anywhere is unsafe. The safety of our products is PepsiCo’s top priority, and we abide by the regulatory guidelines everywhere we do business,” PepsiCo said. “While we meet the strict FDA guidelines, when the regulatory requirements changed in California PepsiCo moved immediately to meet the new requirements and, in order to maintain a harmonized supply chain, globally committed to rolling out the changes across the rest of the U.S. and internationally.”

Aside from cola, the Center for Environmental Health did not find high levels of 4-MEI in other products, in part because people generally consume more soda than, say, soy sauce, says Charles Margulis, a spokesman for the group.

Federal regulators haven’t yet sounded any alarms about 4-MEI. In an e-mailed statement, the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration explained the disparity between California rules this way: “Based on the available information, FDA has no reason to believe that there is any immediate or short-term danger presented by 4-MEI at the levels expected in food from the use of caramel coloring.”

Last year, FDA spokesman Douglas Karas said a person would have to drink more than a thousand cans of soda in a day to match the doses administered in studies that showed links to cancer in rodents. The American Beverage Association denied the harmfulness of 4-MEI in 2012.

Still, the FDA says it “is currently reviewing” data on the chemical and its relationship to cancer to determine “what, if any, regulatory action needs to be taken.”

Source: Business Week, By Venessa Wong, http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-07-05/pepsi-plans-to-drop-disputed-cancer-chemical

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LA Times has a very timely article on one of the sins of American eating habits – loading up on Sugar.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines advise us to limit our total intake of added sugars, fats and other “discretionary calories” to between 5% and 15% of total calories consumed every day.


The report finds that from 2005 to 2010 we got 13% of our total calories from added sugar alone. Not only does sugar cause us to gain weight, but sugary items often displace fruits, vegetables and other foods that contain essential nutrients. Adults tended to eat the most sugar in their 20s and 30s, with consumption falling steadily over time. African Americans got more of their calories from added sugars — 14.5% for men and 15.2% for women — than whites (12.8% for men, 13.2% for women) or Mexican Americans (12.9% for men, 12.6% for women). And poorer people added more sugar in their diets.

Added sugars do not include the sugars that occur naturally in fruit and milk. As the name implies, added sugars are used as ingredients in prepared and processed foods and drinks. For the sake of the analysis, other forms of added sugar included brown sugar, raw sugar, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, malt syrup, pancake syrup, fructose sweetener, liquid fructose, anhydrous dextrose, crystal dextrose and dextrin.



from a professor of endocrinology in UC explains the biochemical route that sugar takes and how it destroys our body.


One simple message – for a healthier life, Cut out added Sugar as much as possible.

Sugar-sweetened soda is the single biggest source of added sugars in the American diet.

Beverages overall accounted for only one-third of added sugars consumed by adults. It is even worse in kids.

For your kids, avoid sodas like a plague. Support soda bans in schools.

When you head out to eat, choose water over fruit juices (which are spiked with sugar) or artificial beverages (especially for kids)

Avoid sugary breakfast like donuts and high sugar cereals, in favor of oatmeal, grits, bread with PB, fruits etc.

Remember the old grandmas adage “What is good of the tongue is usually bad for the body”

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European Study confirms earlier American study results that 12 Ounces of Sugary Soda a Day Raises Diabetes Risk by 22%!!!


The finding in the journal Diabetologia is based on an analysis of data collected from more than 28,000 people in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The study found an association between consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks and heightened risk of type 2 diabetes. Consumption of pure or diluted fruit juice was not significantly associated with diabetes risk, according to the report.

The 22 percent increased risk of diabetes among Europeans who drink sugar-sweetened soft drinks is similar to previous research showing that North Americans who consume these types of beverages have a 25 percent increased risk of diabetes, the researchers said in a journal news release.


Diabetes is very serious disease. Ask someone suffering from it and you will hear horror stories of its effect on blood vessels, lungs, eyes and wound healing. Additionally, since it is non reversible (in most cases) one has to live with-in limits for the rest of the life. Would you ever wish that on your worst enemy?

No! So why do we let our children knowing or unknowingly consume so much sugar.

Do you realize that there are 16 stacks of sugar cubes in one soda?


a) Avoid Soda. In fact cut out soda from any parties or restaurant meal and replace it with water or fresh fruit juices instead. This is what we do in our family.

b) Check the labels on your food items to find the level of sugar. To learn more, check out: http://www.sugarstacks.com/

c) Minimize use of white sugar and substitute with natural sweeteners like honey, dates etc.

But before we go preaching to our kids, let us start by cutting soda and refined sugar out from our own diet.

A journey of a thousand mile, Lao Tzu says, starts with one step.