We just posted a link on our facebook page with a pie chart of what the average American eats in a year. (Check out our fb page!). The article showed that Americans consume on average 53 gallons of soda a year (about a gallon a week!). What's the big deal you ask? I guess it depends on how you feel about aging. New research from Havard shows that the high levels of phosphate in sodas and processed foods accelerates the aging process in mice.
Soda can be the caffeine vehicle of choice by many Americans (ie the gallon/week). But sodas also have a high level of phosphate. In addition to speeding up aging, high phosphate levels may also increase the prevalence and severity of age-related complications. This could include kidney disease, heart issue, severe muscle and skin atrophy. yuck! Recommendations from the Department of Medicine, Infection and Immunity at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine include to: "Avoid phosphate toxicity and enjoy a healthy life."
Our jeatwell selections often include milk for a beverage option. Otherwise, juice or water could be a better option. If soda is your drink of choice, maybe just cutting back and making sure you are well below the gallon/week option!