While there may be some truth to the theory on sugar consumption, there is little to no proof that this ban would help. Research suggests our brain doesn’t register liquid calories as well as it does calories from food, making it easier to consume too many. Beverage manufacturers, restaurants and other business groups had called the so-called “soda ban” an illegal overreach that would infringe upon consumers’ personal liberty.
Here are just a few of the myths that we have been told about soda over the years.
Lie # 1: Soda Made With Corn Syrup Is Worse For You Than Soda Made With Cane Sugar
The Truth It turns out that the problem isn’t necessarily the corn-derived sweetener, it’s the fact that the sugar is in liquid form.
“I’ve done a lot to demonize it,” Michael Pollan famously told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “And people took away the message that there was something intrinsically wrong with it. A lot of research says this isn’t the case. But there is a problem with how much total sugar we consume.”
Both full-calorie sweeteners break down into approximately half glucose and half fructose (corn syrup is about 45 to 55 percent fructose, compared to sugar’s 50 percent). As such, they behave very similarly in the body, which is to say dangerously. A 20-year study on 120,000 men and women found that people who increased their sugary drink consumption by one 12-ounce serving per day gained more weight over time—on average, an extra pound every 4 years—than people who did not change their intake. Other studies have found a significant link between sugary drink consumption and weight gain in children. One study found that for each additional 12-ounce soda children consumed each day, the odds of becoming obese increased by 60% during 1½ years of follow-up.
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