Since then, the family has continuously reduced their pop consumption. Now being empty-nesters, they infrequently have pop in the fridge. Dazzle drinks 2 cups of coffee in the morning, plus tea and water while Mark will drink tea and zero-calorie Gatorade. They reserve weekends for the consumption of fortified grape juice. Given that Dazzle rarely drinks soda or any carbonated beverage, when she does indulge in the treat, it often leaves her feeling very bloated and gassy. Her tolerance for soft drinks has diminished.
Over her working years, she saw many colleagues addicted to soda. When pressed to quit, these friends would express similar frustrations in trying to quit, similar to someone trying to quit smoking. I can’t help but wonder in time if we are not going to see restrictions or photo warnings on pop as we find on cigarette packages, given the negative health consequences.