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Why You Should Never Drink Soda & 5 Foods You Should Not Eat


Why You Should Never Drink Soda & 5 Foods
You Should Not Eat When we become parched, it’s easy to turn
to a nice cold soda that is filled with sugar, caffeine, sweeteners and high amounts of calories. It’s refreshing and will quench your thirst,
but is it doing any positive favors to your body? We had the pleasure of speaking to Dr. James
Gerber, Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at Western States Chiropractic College (WSCC)
in Portland, Oregon, who serves on the adjunct faculty of the University of Bridgeport Nutrition
Institute and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, regarding the soda beverage. We’ll talk about my talk with him, but first… Before we begin this video, don’t forget
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you never miss our new videos! Alright, now onto the interview. The first question we asked Dr. Gerber was
what he thought the biggest danger soda poses to the body. He answered: ”The biggest danger is the
calories, soda drinks are a significant contributor to the obesity epidemic.” Dr. Gerber would be correct in his hypothesis;
according to a 20-year study published in THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, men and
women who increased their sugary drink intake by one 12-ounce serving per day gained more
weight over time. For the study, 120,877 U.S. men and women
who did not have any chronic diseases or obesity were evaluated from 1986 to 2006. Each participant was evaluated based on their
lifestyle factors and weight change every four years. Results showed that every four years, participants
gained an average of 3.35 lb and sugar-sweetened beverages contributed to 1 lb of that average
weight. We mentioned this study to Dr. Gerber and
we asked him what weight gain and soda have in common with each other. He mentioned: “Liquid calories are easy
to overdo compared to calories from solid food.” After he mentioned this we thought, could
there be other negative aspects to over drinking soda? According to ROCHELLE ROSIAN, MD, there could
be a connection between brittle bones and soda beverages, the CLEVELAND CLINIC reports. Dr. Rosian explains that one of the reasons
there could be an association is because most soda beverages contain phosphoric acid, which
has the ability to leach calcium out of our bones. Also, the caffeine intake in these beverages
has been linked to osteoporosis. However, there is still not enough evidence
to make a definitive claim on this. Many assessments and studies are coming from
the FRAMINGHAM OSTEOPOROSIS RESEARCH BMD. One assessment consisted of 1413 females and
1125 men in 2006. Researchers discovered that consuming soda
actually decreased the BMD significantly for women. In addition, LINDA K. MASSEY, PH.D., RD, a
professor of human nutrition at Washington State University, mentioned to WebMD: “Excess
phosphorus promotes calcium loss from the body when calcium intake is low.” After discussing this study, we asked Dr.
Gerber what amount of soda would he recommend to someone who consumes high caffeinated soda
beverages. He answered, “I would recommend that they
drink zero amounts, but if it’s become a habit, I would say 8 ounces would be alright
as long as it’s supported by a healthy diet.” One of the reasons Dr. Gerber said zero is
because of a study published in The AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION. The study tracked the health of about 90,000
women over two decades. Researchers found that women who consumed
two servings of sugary beverages a day had a 40% higher risk of heart attacks or death
from heart disease than women who rarely drank sugary beverages. Is this making you not want to drink soda? Well, keep watching because, after our talk
with Dr. Gerber, we’ll explore some other foods you should avoid if you’re looking to
keep a healthy diet. Another reason Dr. Gerber was extremely against
people consuming sugary beverages that are high in caffeine is because of the association
with diabetes. A study published in the journal Jama set
out to discover if there was an association between the two. So researchers conducted a cohort analysis
from 1991 to 1999 among women who were in the Nurses’ Health Study ll. The diabetes analysis included over 91,000
women who were free from diabetes and other chronic diseases in 1991. The results showed that women who had a stable
consumption pattern of sugar-sweetened beverages saw no weight gain, but the weight gain over
a 4-year period was highest among women who increased their sugar-sweetened soft drink
consumption from one or fewer per week to one or more per day. Those who are looking to stop drinking soda
and eliminate it from their diet might want to replace it with water. The HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH states
that water helps restore fluid lost through breathing, metabolism, sweating, and when
waste is removed. Not only will it quench your thirst, but it
will hydrate your body and reduce the risk of becoming fatigued. The Institute of Medicine says that an adequate
intake of water per day is 125 ounces (15 cups) for men and 91 ounces (11 cups) for
women. Okay, so now that we’ve officially scared
you off of sodas, what other foods are unhealthy? Which ones should you avoid making a habit
of eating in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Well, let’s dive right in. Be warned, some of these answers may surprise
you. 1) Whole Grain Bread. We’re sure you’ve got a bunch of questions. Namely: What? How is this possible? Eating whole grain bread is the epitome of
what you need to eat for weight loss and maintaining a healthy diet! Well, that might not be true. According to MAYOCLINIC, while whole grain
foods usually do contain some whole grains, most products include a majority of refined
grains. What are refined grains, you ask? Those are the grains found almost entirely
in white bread, the most evil and unhealthy of bread. So what can we do to make sure we’re eating
the RIGHT whole grain bread? Just check the labels, don’t listen to the
words on the front. MUSCLE FITNESS recommends you look for “whole
grains” or “whole wheat” as one of the first ingredients. 2) Couscous. (you can always add phonetics like “koos-koos”
For these next two “Couscous”, just kind of sound the word out) Couscous. Couscous. It even SOUNDS good for weight loss and leading
a healthy lifestyle. However, like whole grain bread, it’s just
a marketing trap. Once again, like whole grain bread, couscous
is just a bunch of refined grains. Which, as we previously established, are not
at all good for weight loss. Alright, hold on, before we go further, we
should let you know a couple of grains that are ACTUALLY good for you. BETTER HEALTH says that true whole grains,
like bulgur or quinoa, are great for filling you up and keeping you slim. Remember though to always check the label. 3) Trail Mix. How can this hiker’s staple POSSIBLY be unhealthy? People climb literal mountains while eating
this stuff! Well, apparently it’s not as healthy as mountain
climbers and nature enthusiasts once boasted. Thanks a lot, Tenzing Norgay! Anyways, it’s really the store bought trail
mix that you’ve gotta watch out for. Things like dried bananas added candies and
some of the crunchier stuff can be high in sodium, fried or killer to your calorie count. In fact, MUSCLE FITNESS says that we should
avoid dried fruits in general. They report that we should “think of dried
fruit as candy with some fiber included”, thanks to their high sugar and calorie content. Hold on, so what do we do when we want to
take a snack on our next hike? For starters, says READERS DIGEST, make your
trail mix at home, don’t go store bought. At least then you have control over what exactly
goes into your outdoor mix. They also suggest leaning towards an emphasis
on nuts and seeds. If you NEED something sweet in there, a small
concentration of dried fruit or dark chocolate never hurt anyone… TOO badly. 4) Smoothies. Oh COME ON we hear you scream, there’s no
way that a SMOOTHIE, the poster child for healthy living, is unhealthy! Well, you’re partially right. Again, it really depends on whether you make
your smoothies at home and which ingredients you use. Buying smoothies from a store is right out
the window– they often contain unhealthy sugars and unnecessary calories, even though
they’re once again billed as healthy. Some stores even add ice cream or sherbert
to their supposedly healthy smoothies, which as we all know are killer to the waistline. As for at home smoothies, CHEATSHEET reports
that you should only use a combination of fruit and ingredients without added sugar. As for the dairy in your smoothie, that’s
up to your specific diet. So what can we take away from today’s video? Three major lessons– 1) stay away from soda,
it’s unhealthy, has way too many calories and it’ll ruin your diet. 2) Always read the label. While something may advertise itself as “whole
grain” it might just be a ploy. You don’t want to be eating refined grains
when you’re trying to cut down on your calories. And finally, 3) try not to get store bought
health products. More often then not, they’ll be worse for
you than the products you can make in the comfort of your own home. Plus, you’ll save money avoiding store bought
products! And that’s it! So what do you think? Are you going to give up soda completely because
of our video? Let us know in the comments section below
what you think about soda and how you’re going to handle its consumption in the future.

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