Americans drink far more soda than people in other countries -- as much as 170 liters per person per year.
Are you searching for a magic formula to make pounds disappear? It doesn't exist. The key to making pounds go away is to burn more energy than calories taken in, point blank period. Now, there are some cheats, short cuts, and workarounds that you should be aware of, basic ways to avoid what I like to call hidden calories. But recent studies are showing that there may be another reason to avoid sugary drinks i.e. soda and more; Depression.
According to studies:
A new study of more than 260,000 people has found a link between sweetened soft-drinks and depression -- and diet sodas may be making matters worse.
Soda isn't one of my vices but I have several others to take its place. If soda is your poison you need to be aware that it could be hindering you from having positive thoughts which leads to positive actions. Depression is a monster that many Americans deal with on a daily basis and as women who are generally being pulled in all sorts of directions, it can be debilitating for us. Most women consider post-partum depression to be the biggest monster that women face but even after your children are walking and talking, depression can creep up and take its toll.
Participants who drank more than four servings of soda per day were 30 percent more likely to develop depression than participants who did not drink soda at all. And before you go running for diet sodas to take the place of your current drink of choice, you should know that all that extra sugar isn't the actual problem: The research showed that low-calorie diet sodas, iced teas, and fruit punches were linked to an slightly higher risk of depression than the high-calorie stuff. Researchers say that the artificial sweetener aspartame may be to blame.
Words by Sid Powell
Sid Powell is the NAACP-nominated screenplay writer of 'Somebody's Child', a mother of two, and the owner of SIDPo Productions. Read more about how SIDPo Productions is 'Changing Everything' at www.sidpoproductions.com.