Fizzing down to the facts


Natalie Larimer, Online Sub-Editor

Let’s face it. We live in America. Drinking pop (soda, soda pop, whatever) is a part of our culture. However, there is a reason we struggle with obesity (HINT HINT: IT’S POP – amongst other things).

One can of regular pop has about 10 teaspoons of sugar that will shoot up your blood sugar and can lead to diabetes and weight gain over time. Also, the phosphoric acid in pop screws up the ability of the body to absorb calcium and messes with your bones. As if regular pop wasn’t bad enough, diet pop is just as bad, if not worse. Researchers from the University of Texas monitored 475 adults for 10 years and found that the ones that drank diet pop had a 70% increase in waist circumference over the 10 years.

Pop is literally just a combination of high fructose syrup, carbonation, water, and everything else mothers tell you to stay away from. Now, I don’t want to sound like a health nut here, but every time I tell somebody that I don’t drink pop, they tell me that it’s the reason my metabolism hasn’t been destroyed.

My biggest thing is that I don’t like carbonation. First off, it tastes like liquefied Pop Rocks. The second reason is because we breathe out carbon dioxide, so obviously we should infuse our drinks with it and force it back into our bodies. It sounds so healthy.

If we continue this pop trend, we should at least take some of the crap out of it. Instead of the grossly detrimental syrup based crap, go get a bottle of carbonated water and add some lemon juice to it or something. Stop fizzing your syrup because it’s deceiving and will kill you.