Drinking Soda and Obesity

Posted on March 6, 2006  Comments (4)

Scientists in food fight over soda (bozos at CNN deleted the webpage):

Biologically, the calories from sugar-sweetened beverages are fundamentally different in the body than those from food.

The main sweetener in soda — high-fructose corn syrup — can increase fats in the blood called triglycerides, which raises the risk of heart problems, diabetes and other health woes.

This sweetener also doesn’t spur production of insulin to make the body “process” calories, nor does it spur leptin, a substance that tamps down appetite, as other carbohydrates do, explained Dr. George Bray of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“There’s a lack of fullness or satiety. The brain just seems to add it on,” said Dr. Louis Aronne, a Weill-Cornell Medical College doctor who is president of the Obesity Society.

As with so much life science the “answers” are not clear (Medical Study Results QuestionedWhy Most Published Research Findings Are False). The article presents arguments from those who disagree about the link between drinking soda and the dramatic rise in obesity in the USA.

Another article on the topic: Cutting Sugary Drinks at Home Helped Teens Shed Pounds by Judith Groch.

4 Responses to “Drinking Soda and Obesity”

  1. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Another Strike Against Cola
    October 7th, 2006 @ 8:05 pm

    […] This is definately not the year of Cola. This summer has seen many stories on Drinking Soda and Obesity. High visability attempts to rid schools of Cola have grown. And now news that, Drinking cola may increase risk to women’s bones A study of 2,500 people concluded that drinking the carbonated beverages was linked with low bone mineral density in three different hip sites in women, regardless of age, menopausal status, calcium and vitamin D intake and use of cigarettes or alcohol. […]

  2. Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
    January 28th, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

    “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. That, more or less, is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy.”…

  3. CuriousCat: Obesity Epidemic Explained - Kind Of
    July 5th, 2007 @ 9:04 am

    But it seems to me the proportion of the population that is obese has drastically increased over time (or different regions of the globe with a similar genetic makeup) and the logical place to look for an explanation is behavior differences that created this change…

  4. CuriousCat: High Fructose Corn Syrup is Not Natural Food
    April 3rd, 2008 @ 10:46 am

    “High Fructose Corn Syrup cannot be considered natural because its chemical bonds are broken and rearranged in the manufacturing process”

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