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Drinking Soda-Pop is NOT Cool: What it really represents

25 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich
soft drinks, soda, sugar, obesity, high-fructose corn syrup, coca-cola, pepsi

We need to associate soda-pop, like Coca-Cola and Pepsi, with something other than cool. The advertisements are meant to paint a pretty picture about soft drinks, but there is a disturbing reality behind them. So what what is the reality behind soda-pop?

  • Contributes to the obesity epidemic because of its high sugar content either in the form of cane sugar juice or high-fructose corn syrup

  • Approximately 1.2 billion bushels of corn is used in foods, which includes high-fructose corn syrup used in soft drinks [this corn could be put to better use]

  • Supports the oil industry: it takes millions of gallons of oil to make plastic bottles

  • Creates extensive pollution: plastic bottles can take up to 700 years to decompose

  • Further depletes dwindling water sources: to produce one liter of soda-pop, two to four liters of water are needed

  • Supports Corporate America, which has exploited our youth and our natural resources to build a multi-billion dollar industry

The soft-drink industry is depleting our resources, polluting our environment and ruining our health.

"The soft-drink industry is depleting our resources, polluting our environment and ruining our health."
We need to quite wasting our money on such a reckless product. We can live [and live a much better quality of life] without soda-pop, but we cannot live without water. So the next time you are looking to get that quick fix of caffeine and sugar, think about what soda-pop really stands for and the long-term consequences of your consumer decisions. Instead, keep an aluminum water bottle on you and a healthy snack, such as fruit. Think ahead so you do not get put in a position to crave sugary beverages. If you want to be even more proactive, start a petition at your school or work to get rid of soda-pop vending machines.


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