The drumbeat beats on. Is anybody listening? Well, the bodies of soda drinkers are, and what’s happening to them is not a happy thing. Watch the Unhappy Truth About Soda animation, check out the infographic, and “dump the unhappy”.
ON THE verge of going viral, a video called The Unhappy Truth About Soda (below) depicts a rotund family of polar bears that learn about the unhappy truths of sugar soda the hard way.
Its simplicity may achieve the goal — to present the truth about soda in a way that will motivate soda drinkers to not be.
Certainly, the Net is filled with fact-filled admonitions aimed at influencing a change in our national drink, soda. And yet the amount of soda in all its various forms – energy drinks, water-flavored drinks, et al – increases in lock step with the effective marketing ploys that seduce our taste buds.
This blog has also filled its reader’s heads with the perils of soda. The post entitled, 1 Soda, 60 Minutes of Hell, steps you through the minute-by-minute physical reactions of sugar spikes, insulin bursts, rising blood pressure and calcium excretion after a drinking soda.
In the “60 Minutes of Hell” post, I describe what happens during the first 10 minutes after drinking a soda:
“In the first 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake [which is way too much anyway].) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor, allowing you to keep it down.”
In Drink Your Way to Health and Weight Loss, I again enumerate the pitfalls of drinking soda and recommend some healthy alternatives. I begin this post with the question:
“Do you have friends that never drink water? I do. I’m thinking of one guy in particular as I write this post whom I’ve known for thirty years, and have never once seen him drink a glass of water. Rather, it’s always a large bottle of soda or ice tea.”
I think that the above-mentioned posts are written well enough, and contain actionable information, but sometimes what is most impactful is a visual appeal. So, here you have two to look at.
The first is the aforementioned The Unhappy Truth About Soda, an animation about a soda-addicted polar bear family that implores you to “Dump the unhappy”. (The arrow to click to begin the video is kinda hidden in the polar bear’s arm in the center of the video.)
The second is an info-rich infographic called, A Sip of Soda: How Soda Impacts Your Health.
So, for your viewing pleasure, here they are… I hope you find them persuasive!
Published on October 10, 2012