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How many calories are in a drink from STARBUCKS? – I Love Coffee

How many calories are in a drink from STARBUCKS? – I Love Coffee.

Brilliant!  Lots of people would drop 5 bucks on a coffee drink …. but would they for the same number of calories drink 5 cans of cola?

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Thoughts on: 10 Reasons to Give Up Diet Soda – ABC News

When taken at face value, diet soda seems like a health-conscious choice. It saves you the 140-plus calories you\’d find in a sugary soft drink while still satisfying your urge for something sweet with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose. But there\’s more to this chemical cocktail than meets the eye.

via 10 Reasons to Give Up Diet Soda – ABC News.

Oh, please.  The front page of ABC News, in the middle of what could eventually become a constitutional crisis over government control of health care, a lingering crisis over what our government was running in Benghazi and why they were willing to our ambassador and his protective guard be killed without the slightest actual response, crisis upon crisis in DC and the front page we’re getting is:

Diet soda is bad, mmkay?

Full of quotes from, ahem, alternative health sources hoping to uncover vast sins of corporate greed in Big Food.


Diet soda is associated with poor health and obesity because a lot of  obese people drink it.  And there are a lot of obese people out there.

Diet soda has not been conclusively shown via exhaustive study to do anything to your blood sugar.  The most often quoted study had only 17 participants.  The other studies are rat studies, and we don’t use rat studies to make recommendations to people.

Should you drink it?  Let’s assume you’re not sensitive to the sweetener itself — if you were, you’d absolutely positively know in a life threatening way.    So, as an alternative to caloric beverages, diet soda is a better choice.  Sure we’d rather you drink water.  Out of your tap or inexpensive home filter, so you can drink plenty.  But if you want a soda and there’s diet, you are not going to be harmed by that.  If you find you want more sweet stuff because diet soda is sweet, are you placing the blame on the soda when you already want something sweet?  You be the judge there.

In other words — bogus article slipped in to fill space this particular network is not going to fill with true stories about real news.

Blow to Bloomberg: Appeals Court Rules NYC’s Big Sugary Drink Ban Unconstitutional

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that the city’s Board of Health exceeded its legal authority and acted unconstitutionally when it tried to put a size limit on soft drinks served in city restaurants.In a unanimous opinion, the four-judge panel of the state Supreme Court Appellate Division said that the health board was acting too much like a legislature when it created the limit, which would have stopped sales of non-diet soda and other sugar-laden beverages in containers bigger than 16 ounces.

via Blow to Bloomberg: Appeals Court Rules NYC’s Big Sugary Drink Ban Unconstitutional |

Should you be drinking giant sugary soft drinks?  No.

Should you be ABLE TO BUY THEM?  Yes.


Burger King Latte review

We had a bit of interest in this new product since it’s being heavily marketed and is a $1 special right now.  Except it’s misnamed.

A latte is espresso and steamed milk and the resulting foam.  That’s all.  You might have the good fortune of finding it made by a skilled barista who’s varying the process by how your actual makings are doing that particular day; or you may get a cup from somebody at a corporate conglomerate coffee shop who just pressed a button and the machine made a pretty reasonable actual latte.  You’ll get neither of those here.

A Burger King latte comes out of a tap on some kind of thermos.  It tastes vaguely like gas station “cappucino” — a powered beverage — with more creamy something in it.  Being that I had the non-fat, the creamy something is not actually cream, which is sort of scary on its own.  Burger King has not released ingredients on this, that I can find.  It’s creamy something.  Whatever it is, it’s not a latte.

We had the nonfat mocha, which tasted like creamy artificial hot chocolate.

Burger King just recently fell behind Wendy’s in sales volume.  Theyr’e trying pretty much everything, all at the same time, to get back out of third place.   Third place is second loser, and slipping.  Look, if you want to compete with McDonald’s on coffee,  you’ll have to recognize that McDonald’s serves actually pretty good coffee and better than pretty-good machine made espresso beverages.  Similarly made to Starbucks, who, yes, has lost their beautiful, independent, quirky, purple haired, nose-pierced, tattooed soul,  but their machine makes latte.  Compete with that.  Don’t bring this product to the game expecting it’s going to revitalize your breakfast and midday sales.

It’s drinkable, so we’ll give it a C.  It’s not what it’s called, so we’ll have to say, this is down at the bottom of scores we’ve given, right down there in the cellar along with veggie bacon, which is low.

Dietary Sugars Intake and Cardiovascular Health. A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association

National survey data also indicate that excessive consumption of added sugars is contributing to overconsumption of discretionary calories by Americans. On the basis of the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines, intake of added sugars greatly exceeds discretionary calorie allowances, regardless of energy needs. In view of these considerations, the American Heart Association recommends reductions in the intake of added sugars. A prudent upper limit of intake is half of the discretionary calorie allowance, which for most American women is no more than 100 calories per day and for most American men is no more than 150 calories per day from added sugars.

Dietary Sugars Intake and Cardiovascular Health. A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association.

There’s pretty inflammatory a new abstract out, so sweetened beverages and their link to obesity is top of the page news on CNN this morning.  Since the beverage industry is already counter-spinning this one, we’ll default back to the 2009 recommendation, above, which your doctor likely follows.

100 calories per day in added sugar from all sources — anything you eat or drink that has any form of sugar inserted into it.  That’s everything from iced tea to hamburger buns.

The only way to get there is to base your diet on real, unadulterated food.  Even one can of soda puts you over that, but so does pretty much any “normal” meal consisting mostly of processed, boxed, commercially adapted food.

Is diet soda making me depressed?

Surprisingly, the research showed diet soda drinkers were at the highest risk for depression. Chen doesn’t have an answer for the correlation, but his study adds to a growing body of research that shows artificially sweetened beverages can lead to poor health outcomes.

via Diet Soda Linked with Depression | Men’s Health News.

It’s possible.   In any study which does not show a method via which an outcome can be linked with its cause, all we can say for sure is there is an association between drinking diet soda and being depressed.

It could just be that obese people are more likely to be depressed.  Part of this correlation, though, is probably from people who are really on top of the connection between what they eat and how they feel, and these people don’t drink a lot of soda of any kind.

Definitely, your take-away here isn’t just that you should drink less soda.  The big deal here is the same as a multitude of other studies — the more you vary from eating natural things close to their natural form, the worse your health is likely to be.

Drinking Diet Soda Linked to Depression

English: Sodas and soft drinks at a Supermarket

People who regularly drank four or more cans of any type of soda a day were 30 percent more likely to have received a diagnosis of depression than people who did not drink soda. The risk of depression was especially high for people who drank diet soda — a 31 percent increased risk compared to a 22 percent increased risk for those who drank regular soda, the researchers said.  Those who drank four or more cans of diet fruit drinks were 51 percent more likely to be diagnosed with depression compared to those who did not drink diet fruit drinks.

via Drinking Diet Soda Linked to Depression | LiveScience.

Let’s be clear — no one is claiming that drinking diet soft drinks CAUSES depression.  At this point, what’s been shown in this study is an ASSOCIATION between being depressed and drinking four or more cans of diet soft drinks per day.    Depressed people may, clearly, drink more diet soda.  There is an association, for example, between obesity and depression; also between self-perceived fatness and depression.  Perhaps there’s even a link between low-dose caffeine intake and depression.

Does this mean you should stop drinking diet soda because of this study?  Not necessarily. But is it a good idea to give up diet soda?  The jury is still out, there will be more news forthcoming, so pay attention.  Diet soda may or may not cause an insulin response (there’s studies showing both, with more studies underway), which may or may not make you extra hungry as a result.   In case you’re wondering, there’s definitely not a reason to switch from noncaloric soda to the large number of sugar calories in regular soda.  But do pay attention to what you eat and drink.  Everything you ingest either assists you toward your ultimate goals, or does not.  So pay attention to how things appear to affect you.