Maybe you haven’t noticed what has been happening these days in fast food restaurants and other food outlets, but there has been a new initiative to increase profits by franchise owners and store managers. It comes in the form of providing customers with super size meals accompanied by super size soda!
This, you might think is a nice way for the restaurants and stores to offer people better value for their money. But the only value in giving customers even more calories for their already bloated bodies to cope with is in favor of the cash register.
People really don’t need to eat and drink more when there is an obesity epidemic sweeping through the country that is seeing unbelievable numbers of people getting overweight and obese. So what is the problem with those super size sodas?
Making a Bad Thing Bigger
Well, by making an already extremely unhealthy product even more easily available in huge quantities, the sellers are handing their customers a virtual loaded gun with which they are happy to point at their heads and pull the trigger. All those extra calories in the mammoth size cups of soda (or should we call them buckets?) go straight on the waistline of those poor deluded people and they are so busy thinking they are getting such great value for money, they don’t even notice.
How many of those customers even realize the implications of the additional load they are placing on their bodies? How few of them will figure out they need to change their whole food and drink consumption process or even start a new low calorie diet in an attempt to to halt the damage they have been doing to themselves and try to reverse the dangerous increase in their body weight?
In truth an extra 500 or more calories to each meal might not seem like much, but when you add it all up it converts to extra pounds of weight piling onto already overweight bodies. The internal damage being done by all that extra sugar (sucrose or high fructose corn syrup) is crazy.
This stuff gets processed by the liver into visceral fat. That’s the dangerous kind that wraps itself around major organs including the heart and secretes a hormone that promotes the growth of cancer cells.
…and It Just Gets Worse
In other words, recent scientific studies into the effects of excess sugar consumption have concluded that eating too much of it can trigger cancer, particularly the breast and colon varieties. This massive increase in the amount of refined sugars that we are eating in our diets which has been on the increase since the 1950s but has exploded in the last 20 years could actually be responsible for the massive increase in cases of breast and colon cancer. Think about that!
It’s not just the link excess sugar consumption has with cancer that we should be concerned about. There is the more prolific health problem of type II diabetes that has also reached epidemic proportions in almost perfect ratio to the explosion in the obesity figures.
It doesn’t take a whole lot of figuring out to see the obvious correlation between consuming too much sugar in foods and beverages and the wide range of health problems that more and more people are suffering from these days. Yet so many people keep on buying and consuming the products that are at the root cause of the problems, it is as if they are blind to the consequences. Don’t be blind!
So next time you are visiting a fast food joint, don’t be tempted to super size. In fact, don’t even be tempted to go large.
Better still, don’t even go in there! Get yourself a healthy lunch instead and start losing some of that weight before it literally kills you.
You can get more information on the problems associated with super sizing soda in children in this explosive article: www.ccwsd.org/super-sizing-soda/.