Friday, April 27, 2012
Soft drinks: Public enemy No.1 in obesity fight?
Soft drinks: Public enemy No.1 in obesity fight? By Caleb Hellerman, CNN Fri April 27, 2012 STORY HIGHLIGHTS About 1 in 4 Americans gets at least 200 calories a day from sugary drinks Although soda consumption has declined, U.S. obesity has increased Many experts say cutting sweetened drinks would fight obesity or diabetes Soft drink industry says their product has been unfairly singled out This weekend on "Sanjay Gupta MD," Dr. Gupta takes a critical look at sugar and the impact it has on our bodies. Don't miss the in-depth investigation Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET, and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on CNN. (CNN) -- Pushing her meal cart into the hospital room, a research assistant hands out tall glasses of reddish-pink liquid, along with a gentle warning: "Remember, you guys have to finish all your Kool-Aid." One by one, young volunteers chug down their drinks, each carefully calibrated to contain a mix of water, flavoring and a precisely calibrated solution of high fructose corn syrup: 55% fructose, 45% glucose.