I've had communication with many regarding soda pop lately so it spurred me to hop on my soda soap box. A 12 oz can of any regular soda contains 11 slightly mounded teaspoons of sugar (4 grams = 1 tsp). A 20 oz bottle contains 17 teaspoons. Humor me and spoon that into a container to get the full visual effect! Do this in front of you family or class! A 2 liter bottle contains nearly 2 full cups of sugar. That, my friends, will knock your knee-high socks off! The "sugar" of choice by most soda manufacturers is high fructose corn syrup. The jury is still out as to whether HFCS is worse than sucrose (basic white table sugar) but by my way of thinking, anything highly processed is not good!
Diet soda, while having no sugar or calories, contains Aspartame or Splenda. These are chemically engineered sweetners that have side effects on your brain. Aspartame is a known headache trigger for many people. Also, due to their concentration of sweetness the brain measures via the taste buds, it expects a certain number of calories to follow. If you don't eat, your hunger will be triggered. Studies have shown that people who consume more than two servings of non-nutritive sweeteners daily crave more sweets and consume more calories per day than those who don't use them. I am constantly asked what I use. When I don't want added sugar calories, I use Stevia, (product name Truvia among others) a powdered herb. I actually grow Stevia in my herb garden in the summer and use the leaves in tea.
And finally, phosphoric acid as found in brown sodas, regular and diet, is very wearing on the esophagus and stomach lining. In addition, it binds calcium, robbing your bones of their primary strengthening element and accelerating the osteoporosis process in both men and women!! Want to make me a happy HEC? Reduce your dependency! Stop the Pop!