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Liquid Candy: Fills You Out, Not Up

By DrLaPuma 15 years agoNo Comments
Home  /  Obesity and Weight Loss  /  Liquid Candy: Fills You Out, Not Up
Dr John La Puma

Who would guess that a large chocolate shake at McD’s has 400 more calories than a burger, small fries and small Coke?

Or that the venti Strawberry and Creme Frappucino costs you 770 calories?

CSPI calculates that teenagers get 13 percent of their calories from soda. Their report on liquid candy is scary: soda sucks the calcium out of bones, and sodamakers make 557 12-ounce cans for every man, woman and child in the U.S. Where does it all go?

We drink it!

Kids drink twice the volume of soft drinks as they do milk in the U.S. And soda is fifth largest source of calories in adults. The real problem is satiety.

Soda and all thin liquids have almost no fillingness to them–it just passes through, like you drank nothing at all, except that the calories are extracted and stored.

And the calories from alcohol–seven calories per gram versus four for carbs and protein–are stored first, before any other calories.

Obesity, tooth decay, kidney stones, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, childhood obesity, heart disease.

Food Fights gives parents better choices, beginning early.

From starting babies on solid foods, dealing with picky eaters, and making better choices in child-care settings and restaurants, the two pediatrician-Mom authors write for fun and health, and from experience.

If you have a baby, toddler, pre-schooler or pre-teen who is tipping the scale, read this book.

And drop the hidden calories in liquids–fruit juices, energy drinks, and sweetened bottles of tea and dessert drinks: it’s liquid candy.

  Obesity and Weight Loss, Wellness and Mental Health

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