The Nutrition in Soda

One of the core philosophies here at Positive Eats is that ALL foods contain nutrients. And this includes soda! (Or coke, or pop, or whatever you choose to call it). Screenshot 2014-02-09 16.00.52

What is nutrition anyway? << This article puts it pretty well: “Nutrition is life. If you don’t eat or drink, you will die. Period.

Nutrition is about what you eat, why you eat it and how your food will affect your body and your health.”

And with that in mind, I want to look at our friend, Soda Coke Pop.

Soda is infamous for its “lack” of nutrition in today’s health culture. In fact, according to many new articles headlining across our daily news, soda really does kill and soda is public health enemy #1.

By negatively portraying soda, health food propagandists are once again encouraging black and white, good and bad, labeling of foods. Ask anyone today if a hamburger or an apple is better for you, and more often than not, the answer will be the apple. But why? Why is an apple healthier than a hamburger? What if someone ate nothing but apples for three days straight? Wouldn’t then a hamburger be the healthier option for their next meal?

The real focus for now and future generations should not be blanket labeling, but rather objective nutrition education.

Example: Soda is a beverage made of carbonated water and lots of sugar.

Not: Soda is a drink that is bad for you, will cause cancer, obesity and ultimately kill you.

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The lesson should be focused on what nutrients we need to survive, and how much we need of each kind to maintain good health. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are the three macro-nutrients needed for survival. In general (and of course this will vary depending on personal nutritional needs), we need about

  • 45% to 65% of calories to be carbohydrates.
  • 20% to 35% of calories to be fat.
  • 10% to 35% of calories to be protein

Where does soda fit into this? Let’s look at Coca Cola nutrition!

So yes, a can of regular Coke has 39 grams of sugar, which is a lot of sugar compared to some other foods. But does that make it a bad food?? NO. Nowhere is it written in the nutritional handbook of life does it say that sugar is bad for us. In fact, sugars are pure carbohydrates, making them essential for life. Other foods that contain a lot of sugar are ice cream, cake and cookies.

In the end, it is our CHOICE on what we consume. And whatever we choose, whether it be drinking a soda, water, juice or wine… , if you choose with understanding of nutrition coupled with the goal of maximizing health and happiness for your current situation, you have made the right choice!

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Now for the irrelevant, but relevant question of the day: Do you like soda? Is so, what is your favorite kind?

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