Should You Super Size that Soft Drink?

22well_brod-tmagArticleRecent legislation to take affect in New York City will prohibit restaurants, street carts, movie theaters and sporting events from selling sugar-sweetened drinks no larger than 16 ounces.  A recent article by Jane Brody from the New York Times blog outlines some pretty alarming information.

The firs being the amount of sugar within soft drinks, for example:

Coca-Cola once came in eight-ounce bottles with 97 calories. Today people buy 12-ounce cans with 145 calories (the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of table sugar); 20-ounce bottles with 242 calories; 32-ounce Big Gulps with 388 calories; 44-ounce Super Big Gulps with 533 calories; and 64-ounce Double Gulps with 776 calories. There are but small differences in price among these choices.

There are several health studies that link high daily doses of sugar to obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

The article also states, that these calories can be easier to overlook since the drinking of beverages lack the sufficient “satiety factor.”  The are not as filling as solid food because they lack texture and “mouth feel,” and we “tend to consume them so fast they don’t register.”

Before you answer “Yes” to supersize that order, you should take a few moments to read this article.

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