From the desk of Doc Smo: Any good news about soda? (article)

Let’s face it: Americans have an obsession with sugar water. For children, the obsession is with soda and sports drinks. For adults, it is energy drinks, sugary alcoholic drinks, and fancy high calorie coffee drinks. For my fellow southerners, it’s sweet tea. I guess this makes sense. We are biologically “hard wired” to crave sugar, a nutrient that our ancestors rarely were able to consume. Simple sugar is quick, high-energy food to burn or store. Boy have we gotten carried away with things. The average American now consumes 152 pounds of sugar a year (up almost 50 pounds per year compared to 1950), consumes 54 gallons of soda per year, and it is expected that by the year 2015, 15% of all adults will be diabetic in the US. Sugar unleashed has done terrible things to our bodies; this obsession with sugar needs to stop.


Is our relationship with sugar water an addiction? I don’t really think so. An addiction is defined as an intense craving that, upon withdrawal, causes physical symptoms. Well, by that definition, drinking water when you are thirsty would be an addiction. No, I don’t think this is an addiction but rather an obsession that is affordable. Our children are likely to experience severe consequences during their lifetime because they have been exposed to all this sugar over their entire lives.  I think it is imperative that we take action today.


I want you take a DocSmo pledge to remove as much of the sugar from your children’s diet as you can. Start today. Here are some simple steps to get you started:

  • Stop allowing them to drink any sugary drink. Serve them milk with meals and water at all other times. 
  • Set a good example for your kids and stop drinking sugary drinks yourself. It will improve your health as well.
  • Severely limit your family’s consumption of all processed foods. This will go a long way at reducing their sugar intake.


There is so much in life that we CANNOT control. Sugar consumption is not one of them.


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