This year at Alameda Health System, Soda-Free Summer has the potential to be overshadowed by our amazing 100 day Step Challenge with the GCC. I encourage you not to forget about Soda-Free Summer and to couple it with all the fantastic walking and physical activity you’re already doing with the GCC! An increase in activity and a decrease in sugar intake can only mean great things for how you look and feel.
We’re excited to kick off another season of sharing healthy alternatives to sugary beverages like soda and fruit juice.
The average person consumes 150 pounds of sugar per year, compared to just 7 ½ pounds consumed on average in the year 1700. That’s 20 times as much, and the over consumption doesn’t come without consequence. Increased sugar intake is linked to increased inflammation in the body. Inflammation is linked to nearly all chronic diseases that plague the western world, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and a number of others.
I don’t say all this to scare you, I say it to equip you with the information you need to help you make the right decisions for your own health.
50 percent of the sugar we consume today comes from high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) found in soda. Fruit juice is also a concentrated form of fructose without the fiber from the whole fruit to slow down the sugar in your blood stream. Other sources of excess sugar and HFCS are fat free foods like salad dressings and sauces. Often fat free and low-fat foods replace the flavor that fat imparted with extra sugar and salt. Replacing fat calories with sugar calories is not the solution!
You’d be surprised at the changes you can make just by empowering yourself with information. What will you do differently next week now that you know that we’ve kicked off Soda-Free Summer, and that all that soda could really be doing a number on your health?
Learn helpful tips, tricks, and info at the Soda-Free Summer Facebook page and engage with the soda-free community!
Have you ever tried infused water?
Simply add sliced fruit to a pitcher of water and let the fruit flavor infuse in the refrigerator! In no time at all, you’ll be enjoying a refreshing, hydrating beverage without all the extra sugar!