The Pros And Cons Of Sugary Drinks

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“On any given day, half the people in the U.S. consume sugary drinks; 1 in 4 get at least 200 calories from such drinks; and 5% get at least 567 calories—equivalent to four cans of soda.” (The Nutrition Source, 2015,). These sugary drinks are a common contribution to many medical conditions such as obesity due to the amount of sugar and high fructose corn syrup in these products consumers drink. There is a common issue with drinking these sugary drinks, “People who consume sugary drinks regularly—1 to 2 cans a day or more—have a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who rarely have such drinks. Risks are even greater in young adults and Asians.” (The Nutrition Source, 2015,) Due to this problem, philadelphia now has created …show more content…

Before the tax, “Rising consumption of sugary drinks has been a major contributor to the obesity epidemic”. Overall the united states struggles tremendously with obesity and other medical conditions, A study that followed 40,000 men for two decades found that those who averaged one can of a sugary beverage per day had a 20% higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from a heart attack than men who rarely consumed sugary drink” (Sugary Drinks and Obesity Fact Sheet, 2015), as well as, “A 22-year study of 80,000 women found that those who consumed a can a day of sugary drink had a 75% higher risk of gout than women who rarely had such drinks. Researchers found a similarly-elevated risk in men” (Sugary Drinks and Obesity Fact Sheet, 2015). Lowering the consumption will help prevent stop underlying health conditions caused by ingredients in the sugary drinks such as, caloric sugar-based sweetener, sucrose, glucose, or high fructose corn syrup, “Studies in children and adults have found that reducing sugary drink consumption can lead to better weight control among those who are initially overweight” (The Nutrition Source, …show more content…

Citizens have been told that, “The compromise bill would raise $409.5 million over five years. About $300 million would cover expanding pre-K, community schools, and fixing parks, rec centers and libraries”(Vargas, C., Nadolny, T. L., & Terruso, J,2016). This would be a great help to the communities and citizens of philadelphia As well as creating a new source of revenue, it will also lower the amount of money spent on medical costs from drinks, Currently, “the nation spends an estimated $190 billion a year treating obesity-related health conditions.” (The Nutrition Source, 2015) . Overall this will be a positive advantage from taxes on sugary

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