In a recent USA Today article Alex Bogusky explained that he has had a change of heart regarding the use of carbonated beverages. He stated that his years of marketing for businesses that promote soda consumption are over. Dr. Parkin agrees with Alex Bogusky that although consumers of soft drinks think of them as beverages they are really candy.
Dr.Parkin said that he has seen first hand the destruction habitual soda drinking does to teeth even in teenagers. He stated that the combination of the acids placed in many of the sodas along with the 10 to 12 teaspoons of fructose sugar has devastating effects to teeth that should last a lifetime. He further stated that all sodas should be used sparingly, with the knowledge that some sodas and for that matter sports and energy drinks are worse than others when it comes to tooth damage and related health issues.
Diabetes is at epidemic proportions in the United States. The overwhelming of the human body with sugars and carbohydrates that turn into sugar in foods and drinks is the leading cause of type II adult onset diabetes. Diabetics have significant gum disease challenges, said Dr. Parkin, in which the diabetes and the gum disease feed off each other and each makes the other worse. Dr. Parkin said it is so true that sodas are liquid candy and not what they are advertised to be.