Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Wednesday Wellness - Soft Drinks
This little whippersnapper cracks me up - what a refreshing approach to health education!
He's advocating (with a little help from his parents) for a bill to ban soft drinks from schools in the Philippines.
There's no doubt we drink way too many full sugar soft drinks - not just in the US or the Philippines - but the world over! Soft drinks weaken our bones and teeth, contribute to overweight and obesity, adult-onset diabetes, high blood pressure, and many other diet-related chronic illnesses.
The information here is 99% accurate. (Its always better to eat whole fruit than to drink fruit juice. But if you - like me - just can't start the day without your OJ, limit it to 1/2 cup/day. Also, the sugar/behavior link is debatable - but that's a topic for another day.)
The picture above comes from another awesomely creative post. This one suggests funding your next vacation with soda money! I bet most kids could be talked into that!
PS - Writer's block prevented me from posting nutrition-related material for some time. I may not post every Wednesday, but intend to post most Wednesdays. And I've changed the header from Wednesday Weigh-In to Wednesday Wellness, because focusing on the scale alone doesn't always reflect changes in body composition. For instance, a 2 lb. weight increase may reflect that you're well-hydrated, and or even gaining muscle. Better to look at weekly trends than daily fluctuations.
Ah, but I digress...I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did! :)