Don't pick sodaMonday, November 01, 2010 By Haley Harmeyer
Soda. Almost everyone has given into the deliciousness of these carbonated soft drinks, but do we really know the dangerous chemicals we’re consuming? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans consumed 15 billion cans of soda in 2000. Drinking one soda a day could cause Americans to gain 15 pounds a year! Soda weakens bones, causes tooth decay, and is loaded with sugar and caffeine that provides no nutritional value. My parents don’t buy soda so I don’t drink a whole lot. I drink soda if I’m at a restaurant or for a special occasion. To stay healthier don’t drink soda everyday but rarely. When asked about drinking soda, Caitlin Pilgrim, a sophomore, said, “I feel guilty when I drink soda. Especially diet soda… my mom says it has bad sugars.” Fellow sophomore, Molly Ziegler disagreed. “I love Mountain Dew, Fresca, and Mellow Yellow. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s all I do.” Soda is empty calories that not only makes you feel gross, but makes you look even worse. Not only does drinking soda causes weight gain, but it adds to tooth decay and bone loss. Whether you like fruit juice, water, or milk, soda is the last drink you should be choosing. It’s a personal decision but you have to ask yourself, is that one coke a day worth the health problems of a lifetime?