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Why Soft Drinks Are Not So Soft

Why Soft Drinks Are Not So Soft

I am always trying to eat healthier.

One recent report that really made me stop and think about what I was eating was the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation for  people to reduce their sugar intake – to 5% of a person’s caloric intake – or 6 teaspoons a day.

Based on a report published by Statscan – it appears the average Canadian over the age of 50 consumes just over 80 grams of sugar a day.  That would mean we are consuming 16 teaspoons per day – which on one hand is lower than younger Canadians but still significantly higher than what the WHO is recommending.

Soft drinks seem to be a major culprit in contributing to excessive sugar consumption.  Although I am not a big soft drink person I do have the occasional can but I’m really beginning to question whether it’s worth even drinking given an average soft drink contains 8 to 10 teaspoons of sugar – that’s more than the recommended WHO sugar consumption for a whole day in just one can!

I also discovered that soft drinks may contribute to a number of other health problems too.  The following infographic shares what some of these may be;

How Soft Drinks Impact Your Health

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So the next time I’m thirsty I think I will just reach for a glass of water and if it’s an extra special occasion will add a slice of lemon!

How much soda do you drink?

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