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With over 1.8 billion bottles of Coke sold a day and nearly half of American drinking at least one glass a day, it's safe to say we love our soda. But what is it doing to our bodies?

Key Points:

  • Soda erodes the enamel on your teeth and leads to cavities.
  • With up to 46 grams of sugar per can, soda triggers a habit loop that leaves you wanting more.
  • From 1977 to 2007, an estimated one fifth of weight gain can be attributed to soda. Research also shows that soda makes you eat more.
  • Drinking diet sodas may not help either, since artificial sweeteners enhance appetite as well.
  • Soft drinks may also age us, affecting our bodies in a similar way that smoking does.

Quote This:

“If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?”  ~Unknown

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What is your favorite soda? How often do you drink it?
  3. Name someone who drinks a lot of soda and someone who drinks a lot of water. How does it affect them?
  4. How does drinking soda affect your eating habits?
  5. How do you react to the idea that drinking soda may be detrimental to your health? Will this affect your decision to drink it? Why or why not?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.