» ‘Sugary Drinks Take a Deathly Toll’

The New York Times reports on a study showing that sugary drinks cause 184,000 deaths worldwide a year.

“There’s no need to drink these beverages,” said the senior author, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts. “They’re causing tens of thousands of deaths, and we should eliminate them from the food supply.”

As a kid I used to come home from school and drink a tall glass of orange Hi-C and eat a stack of Keebler Fudge Stripes. I think I avoided childhood obesity by not finishing my dinner. I’m not sure how I avoided childhood diabetes. Over the past 10 years I’ve almost completely removed soda (even diet, which might not cause diabetes but is just a chemical swill) and sugary drinks from my diet thanks to prodding from my wife in favor of seltzer water or iced oolong or green tea. It’s cheaper, better for you and provides plenty of flavor, particularly the oolong. Every once in a while I’ll treat myself to a Mexican Coke or Pepsi Throwback.

I certainly don’t lead a perfect life, far from it. You have to pick your battles. I just found this one a surprisingly easy one to win in retrospect and it has a decent amount of upside.