(Articles by Joanna Hayden, PhD, CHES from tapinto.net)

If you doubted the link between sugar consumption and obesity, doubt no more. Researchers from around the world reviewed 30 studies published since 2013 involving close to 250,000 people that looked at obesity and sugar sweetened drink consumption. The results of 93% of these recent studies confirmed the results of studies done prior to 2013 that sugar sweetened beverage consumption is linked to obesity.

Drinking sugar is making us fat. According to a 2017 update on sugar consumption by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, we drink on average, about 38 gallons of soda a year or about eight cans a week. Given that there are 15 calories in one teaspoon of sugar, and that a 12 ounce can of soda contains nine teaspoons of sugar, the eight cans of soda contain 72 teaspoons of sugar and 1080 calories. If we used the standard 3500 calories per pound of body fat, then we gain about a pound every three weeks or 17 pounds a year just from drinking soda!  That doesn’t include the sugar  we might have in our tea, coffee, lemonade, hot chocolate, etc.

Want to cut back on your sugary drink intake? Here are some strategies to try:

1. Stop buying soda!
If it’s not in the house, you can’t drink it.
Instead, opt for flavored seltzer or water infused with fresh fruit – berries, oranges, melon, lemon, or cucumbers for a savory flavor.

When you’re out, order unsweetened ice tea or water with lemon. If you must sweeten it, use one packet of sugar, instead of nine!

2. Try unsweetened herbal ice tea.

3. Use unsweetened soy, almond or rice milk rather than the sweetened varieties.

4. Opt for drinking fresh-pressed juices that you can certainly sure is made fresh without any addition of sugars

Fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies are made fresh in D.O.J, juiced and blended to perfection right in front of your eyes so you can be certain that no sugar or water added to it as promised. Do not worry as the taste will not be compromised as you are guaranteed to taste the best juice recipes that D.O.J have developed over time. Head over to your nearest D.O.J store and let’s fight obesity together!