Sunday, May 4, 2008

Preventing Diabetes, Part I - Avoid Soft Drinks

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This will be the first of a number of post that will discuss basic things we can do to prevent diabetes. Second generation Latino immigrants are some of the most vulnerable...

Avoid soft drinks - yes, this means Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, Fanta, Mountain Dew, Snapple, bottled fruit juices and all the others. They are full of High Fructose Corn Syrup. They trick us into drinking double the number of calories posted on the can. They say 150 calories per serving, but a can is two servings, and who leaves a can of Coke half empty?!

Remember High Fructose Corn Syrup encourages your body to develop diabetes.

This is especially important for kids, because if they get used to drinking lots of Coke before age 10, you know it will be something they will want to do all their lives (the Coke people love this).

What can you drink? how about water?

I used to think that drinking bottled juice was better for me than a carbonated drink, until I looked at the label and saw that High Fructose Corn syrup was second on the list of ingredients.

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