Recently a group of experts from the Heart Association, Diabetes Association, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest and Yale University called on the Surgeon General to come out with a report on how soda drinks and sweet drinks impact our health.
These experts remember how a report on smoking and the effects of cigarettes on our health from the office of the Surgeon General became a game-changer.
They are expecting that a similar report on the dangers of soda pop and sweet drinks will have a similar impact and change behavior altogether
When will this report come out? I predict not soon but it may be a start. There still are too many people who do not see a link between obesity and the over-consumption of sweetened beverages. However one can be sure that when the report is delivered it will stir things up, so stay tuned.
A practical three step approach:
- Ideally have no soda pop.
- However if you consume it like a treat as opposed to a thirst quencher limit your child to a maximum of three cans per week (small cans that contains only 100Calories)
- To deal with thirst use water and if it’s too bland for your child use juice and dilute it by 50% with sparkling, sugar and calorie free water.
Read more about this Press release here