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(Columbus Dispatch)   Sales of soda haven't been so flat since 1996, when Americans actually had bellies that were flat   (dispatch.com) divider line 36
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2013-03-27 08:42:31 AM
As a guy who boinked a few fat chicks prior to 1996, I'm getting a kick.
 
2013-03-27 08:49:03 AM
So Americans are getting fat.
they are entitled to.
precious snowflakes and all.
 
2013-03-27 08:49:43 AM
Good. Put natural sugar back in it and then we'll talk.
 
2013-03-27 08:54:31 AM
I was 18 and running half marathons pretty regularly in 1996.

Major knee surgery and 3 blood clots later the belly is much larger.

Now give me my Mumu and pass me that 6-pack of Coke.
 
2013-03-27 09:22:58 AM

vudukungfu: So Americans are getting fat.
they are entitled to.
precious snowflakes and all.


Worst. Haiku. Ever.
 
2013-03-27 09:40:01 AM
My belly was so not flat back in '96.
 
2013-03-27 09:43:28 AM
I stopped drinking soda and switched to plain old water. I'll drink a coke occasionally, but I don't really miss it. Besides, it's really just an added expense for something I don't really need and that's not really very healthy. The last time I was in the grocery store, I noticed that a two-liter bottle of Coke was close to $2. Yikes!
 
2013-03-27 09:49:15 AM

engrishmajor: I stopped drinking soda and switched to plain old water. I'll drink a coke occasionally, but I don't really miss it. Besides, it's really just an added expense for something I don't really need and that's not really very healthy. The last time I was in the grocery store, I noticed that a two-liter bottle of Coke was close to $2. Yikes!


I remember ten years ago when a 12 pack of soda costs just over 2 bucks.  I think it's over 4 now.

I like the occasional soda, but I know how bad it is for me and my teeth already have thin enamel.
 
2013-03-27 11:43:08 AM
Yeah demographics are a biatch. Baby Boomers have moved beyond the point which they drink a lot of carbonated sugar water, Gen-X is small and, and Mellinials are a whole hell of lot more health conscious then either Boomers or Gen-X.

Sucks to be Coke and Pepsi, but I'm sure those billions of dollars they make every year will comfort them.
 
2013-03-27 12:12:55 PM
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2013-03-27 01:02:58 PM
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Americans never had a flat stomach
 
2013-03-27 01:58:50 PM
I can recall the last soda I had- it was in 1993, and we were on a road trip, somewhere in northern Utah. My mom refused to pull over to just get me something to drink, so I had to drink a can of diet coke.

/milk, juice, water
//tea when I drive cross country and need a pick-me-up
///never understood the appeal of soda
 
2013-03-27 02:20:33 PM

grinding_journalist: I can recall the last soda I had- it was in 1993, and we were on a road trip, somewhere in northern Utah. My mom refused to pull over to just get me something to drink, so I had to drink a can of diet coke.

/milk, juice, water
//tea when I drive cross country and need a pick-me-up
///never understood the appeal of soda


i.qkme.me
 
2013-03-27 02:23:17 PM
I have been dodging High Fructose Corn Syrup (it is everywhere!) for a couple of months, and also treat aspatame like poison.  I do now drink a "throwback" cane sugar Pepsi from time to time and my stomach is getting a little flatter.
And I'm an oooold guy.
 
2013-03-27 02:25:05 PM
Sodastream. It's still brown, sugar water, but it's slightly less bad.

/Buy an empty machine for $20 and an empty CO2 bottle for $15
//Fill with dry ice
///Much faster cost recovery
 
2013-03-27 02:26:11 PM

engrishmajor: I stopped drinking soda and switched to plain old water. I'll drink a coke occasionally, but I don't really miss it. Besides, it's really just an added expense for something I don't really need and that's not really very healthy. The last time I was in the grocery store, I noticed that a two-liter bottle of Coke was close to $2. Yikes!


As an avid soda drinker, it's not that expensive, IMHO.  If you want expensive, drink alcohol (which I usually don't, except very rarely (like once every few months) in social situations).  A can of beer costs several times the cost of a can of soda.
 
2013-03-27 02:48:04 PM

Bong Hits For Mohammed: I have been dodging High Fructose Corn Syrup (it is everywhere!) for a couple of months, and also treat aspatame like poison.  I do now drink a "throwback" cane sugar Pepsi from time to time and my stomach is getting a little flatter.
And I'm an oooold guy.


I remember when the healthiness of bread was common wisdom.
 
2013-03-27 03:06:47 PM
As someone who lost their virginity to a curvy girl with a few extra pounds back in 1996, I respectfully disagree.

/It was worth it because she was one of those big girls that try harder
 
2013-03-27 03:54:39 PM

MmmCrime: Good. Put natural sugar back in it and then we'll talk.


What? Like Molasses? Straight cane juice?
 
2013-03-27 04:15:18 PM

grinding_journalist: I can recall the last soda I had- it was in 1993, and we were on a road trip, somewhere in northern Utah. My mom refused to pull over to just get me something to drink, so I had to drink a can of diet coke.

/milk, juice, water
//tea when I drive cross country and need a pick-me-up
///never understood the appeal of soda


Juice is very marginally better for you than soda.
 
2013-03-27 04:20:44 PM

jigger: MmmCrime: Good. Put natural sugar back in it and then we'll talk.

What? Like Molasses? Straight cane juice?


Macerated sugar beet.

/'Crime needs fiber.
 
2013-03-27 04:34:24 PM

MugzyBrown: grinding_journalist: I can recall the last soda I had- it was in 1993, and we were on a road trip, somewhere in northern Utah. My mom refused to pull over to just get me something to drink, so I had to drink a can of diet coke.

/milk, juice, water
//tea when I drive cross country and need a pick-me-up
///never understood the appeal of soda

Juice is very marginally better for you than soda.


Oh, I'm aware, I try to drink it sparingly; a small glass of OJ a day. Either way, it's better than the amalgam of artificial coloring, flavoring, HFCS, and carbolic acid that constitutes most sodas.
 
2013-03-27 04:49:15 PM
And it hasn't resulted in any reduction of obesity.

So all the stupid taxes, laws, bans....we can accept that they are pointless right?  No?  Okay, but we can at least admit they're *stupid* then.  Cool.
 
2013-03-27 05:28:08 PM
Article is in the Columbus Dispatch, which is in Columbus, Ohio, and the story headline begins with the word "Soda"??? WTF? I call BS on this even being a real story. Everybody - especially in Ohio - knows that fizzy sugar water is called pop - not soda.

//popcorn is ready to go
 
2013-03-27 05:31:18 PM

Slaves2Darkness: Yeah demographics are a biatch. Baby Boomers have moved beyond the point which they drink a lot of carbonated sugar water, Gen-X is small and, and Mellinials are a whole hell of lot more health conscious then either Boomers or Gen-X.


I thought their lack of consumption was because they were paying off enormous college loans and couldn't afford soda. Or food.
 
2013-03-27 05:36:36 PM
Brawndo sales up?

/I'll bet they are......
 
2013-03-27 06:05:31 PM
For years I had preferred to buy diet beverages, but I switched to sparkling water a few months ago. I discovered it wasn't the sweetness I like, it's the fizz.
 
2013-03-27 06:09:38 PM

jjorsett: Slaves2Darkness: Yeah demographics are a biatch. Baby Boomers have moved beyond the point which they drink a lot of carbonated sugar water, Gen-X is small and, and Mellinials are a whole hell of lot more health conscious then either Boomers or Gen-X.

I thought their lack of consumption was because they were paying off enormous college loans and couldn't afford soda. Or food.


How many of all these people also prefer coffee?  Or beer and/or wine?  Vitamin water, even if Jen Aniston isn't posing nude with one of those?

What about green tea?
 
2013-03-27 06:19:28 PM
Flat bellies in '96?  Not so much.  Try '76.
 
2013-03-27 10:44:14 PM

Bong Hits For Mohammed: I have been dodging High Fructose Corn Syrup (it is everywhere!) for a couple of months, and also treat aspatame like poison.  I do now drink a "throwback" cane sugar Pepsi from time to time and my stomach is getting a little flatter.
And I'm an oooold guy.


I think those throwback ones are even a bit too sweet.  You might like the citrus flavored mineral water San Pelligrino.  Sweetened with sugar and not too sweet at all.
 
2013-03-28 04:27:40 AM
"If it weren't for increasingly popular energy drinks like Monster and Red Bull, the decline would have been worse."

Um, no. Those people drinking energy drinks would have been drinking soda if they weren't available.
 
2013-03-28 07:07:14 AM

ReapTheChaos: "If it weren't for increasingly popular energy drinks like Monster and Red Bull, the decline would have been worse."

Um, no. Those people drinking energy drinks would have been drinking soda if they weren't available.


Absolutely...back in my soda-drinking days (over 5 years ago) I chose energy drinks just cause they had the bonus goodies in them to get me jacked up. Mountain Dew, with it's high caffeine content, was the gateway drug to energy drinks.

Ironically, once I stopped drinking energy drinks for that afternoon pick-me-up, I started having more energy.
 
2013-03-28 08:58:40 AM
i.qkme.me
 
2013-03-28 12:29:10 PM
I rarely drink it. I have a 2 liter of coke in the fridge that hasn't been touched since I put it in there 3 months ago.

It just doesn't taste the same anymore and who needs an extra couple hundred calories anyway?
 
2013-03-28 05:25:06 PM
WTF. People weren't skinny in 96... I mean I was.  But you weren't.

/Admit it
 
2013-03-28 05:48:31 PM
The last drink I took was in 2011, I just wanted to see how long I could go without it. I was surprised when after the initial cravings wore off I didn't miss it at all. It actually seems kind of gross to me now (which it is, just sugar water and chemicals). Besides, plain water is so good.
 
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