How Soda Companies Influence Policy Through Ties With Public Health Organizations

From Dr. Mercola:

Sweetened beverages have been identified as a major contributor to the obesity and diabetes epidemics around the world, and in light of the scientific evidence, many public health organizations are now starting to take a stand against added sugars.

Big Soda recognizes the power behind recommendations from the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the World Health Organization (WHO) and others.

And they’ve been surreptitiously donating millions of dollars to public health organizations with the intent of influencing their recommendations.

Hacked emails also reveal just how far up the ladder of power the soda industry is able to reach in the U.S. As it turns out, their influence goes to the very top of the political hierarchy.

Soda — A Major Contributor to Declining Public Health

One 12-ounce can of regular soda has about 33 grams of sugar (8 1/4 teaspoons) and 36 grams of net carbohydrates. This is far more sugar than your body can safely handle, and since most people guzzle soda as a primary beverage rather than water, it’s no surprise that obesity has become such a health crisis of epic proportions.

Over the past decades, the number of sodas and amount of added sugar Americans consume have risen precipitously, contributing to the obesity epidemic1,2 that now costs the U.S. health care system $1 trillion each year.3

In my view, sugar (particularly processed fructose) is one of the most damaging calories that you can eat, and it’s abundant in most processed foods, including baby formula!

Considering the facts that sugar is as addictive as cocaine4 and has downright toxic effects on your body when consumed in excess,5 it’s no wonder so many children are now struggling with …

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