This is a reader-recommended topic. In the comments to my post “Please Don’t Tell My Daughter There Are ‘Chemicals’ In Her Soda,” ‘Kristin’ said:
Sodas ARE bad for you. It’s a fact, and believe it or not I’m not trying to scare you. If you feel other wise of course you have a right to your own opinion. It seems you feel offended because the soda you enjoyed as a child (yes, it would naturally bring up nostalgic feelings) is being called ‘bad’. Maybe you should do some research and write from the realm of knowledge rather than from a state of defensiveness.
Assumptions about my lack of research aside, I think ‘Kristin’ has offered up a splendid idea! Are sodas bad for you, blanket-statement-full-stop? Let’s find out.
In the past couple weeks I have done more research, and I have quickly discovered something. In order to answer the question “Are sodas bad for you?” it turns out we need to ask two other questions: What’s in the soda? and How much soda is being consumed?