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Considering everything we know about soft drink – it’s connection to obesity and diabetes, the effect it has on teeth, the pollution in creates and the way it is marketed to children –  is it perhaps time that some kind of restriction be placed on the fizzy stuff?

It’s wouldn’t be the first time an enjoyable consumable that initially seemed harmless was banned. Opium, cocaine, alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana – we’ve been through this many times before.

But soft drink – it’s just a drink, right? Just sugar, water and some unidentified colours and flavourings. How bad can it be?

Soft drinks are the second-biggest source of sugar (9.7 per cent) in the Australian diet after fruit (16 per cent).

“It’s extremely concerning that so many Australians, particularly young males, are regularly drinking sugary ‘pick-me-ups’ such as soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and cordial, some of which contain up to 16 teaspoons of sugar per serve, without realising how bad they are for their health,” Obesity Policy Coalition executive manager Jane Martin told The New Daily.

A recent study conservatively estimated the global death toll from soft drinks to be 184,000 a year. 

In a matter of minutes after drinking a can of soft drink, it will attack the enamel on your teeth (and the diet versions are actually worse in this respect), send your blood sugar into a spin and put pressure on your body to release insulin. 

This leads to weight gain – a one-can-a-day habit will cause you to gain 6.5 kgs each year, which quickly adds up.

Today it has been revealed that Coca-Cola is funding a study that will set out to prove that lack of exercise rather than what you eat is the major cause of excessive weight gain. However, leading nutrition expert Dr Rosemary Stanton says soft drinks are a “major” cause of obesity.

Considering all the health risks, is it time we put some kind of ban or restriction on soft drinks? 

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  1. I did an experiment with some teeth and different drinks. Powdered cordial was the worst. The tooth totally disintegrated.

  2. but where do you stop there are a lot of things “bad for you” what ever happened to common sense and self restraint? Back off the nanny state.

  3. It is not just soft drink. It is sugar in all its forms. Plain white sugar (sucrose), fruit sugars (fructose), glucose in almost everything we eat: soft drinks, cordials, fruit juices, biscuits . . . . It does seem to me that since we went mad on low fat foods, the amounts of sugar and salt have increased to get the flavour back.

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    • Well you’re right there… I stopped eating low fat/ diet food because of that exact reason now if I want say yoghurt I have 1/2 the amount or cheese same thing only low fat I buy now is powdered skim

  4. I think it’s an individuals choice of what they drink eat do and say and it’s time the do gooders backed off a bit yes put health warnings and educate people but after that it’s their choice I like a can of coke sometimes I have 1 a day sometimes two sometimes none but it’s my choice we are already forced by the powers that be to do stuff we don’t agree with let us have some choices left

  5. No more, please. You can’t ban everything that causes damage to people. You have to educate people and hope that they accept responsibility. Keep “bans”for the big stuff… like murder. Which reminds me: 50 women have died by domestic violence this year. Banning domestic violence hasn’t worked so maybe we should try banning relationships instead.

  6. A big American cigarette company has taken us to court because of the anti smoking packaging, same thing will happen with drinks, although I think we need to make sensible choices for our kids.

  7. If we stop buying them that will cause the manufactures. To have a rethink.

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