Students Here Reach for Soda – The Taste of Unhealthiness

“I drink chocolate milk in the morning, orangeade at lunch, cherry Pepsi during fourth block, and then some Gatorade when I get home,” said junior Joey Jackson.

What happened to drinking water throughout the day? Penn Manor seems to have forgotten, or doesn’t care, that the human body is made up of about 70 percent water.

“I only drink water when I’m doing a physical activity and feel like I actually need to put the water back into my body because I’m sweating it out,” said Jackson.

Penn Manor students are replacing water with soda and other drinks that experts say are unhealthy.

According to a forum on Nutrition and Exercise,”Soda instead of water will lead to a lot of problems. Lots of calories (weight gain), worse triglycerides in the blood (bad), more tooth decay, and much less quenching to your thirst due to the concentrated sugars.”

Unhealthy drinks that Penn Manor students seem to enjoy

“I just don’t like the taste of water,” said sophomore Samantha Horst.

Soda, sadly, is one of society’s favorite beverages. Each year, billions of gallons of soda are sold in the United States alone. Experts believe drinking soda may have serious health consequences. Obesity is a main cause of drinking too much soda, due to the fact that it is high in sugar and calories.

“I’ll be honest, I drink too much soda,” said senior Jeremy Vital, “When I’m at work I get a Mt. Dew every time I get a chance, or when I’m on my break.”

“I normally drink a lot of Gatorade when I’m at home, and sometimes soda, but never water,” said Horst.

If you drink a whole bottle of Gatorade you are still consuming about 56 grams of sugar, and this is not required in a normal sedentary lifestyle and in this situation it could be considered “bad” for you.

A few wise choices when reaching into the refrigerator

Gatorade is considered a sports drink and can be beneficial to athletes when it is drank during an activity but if it is being drank when someone is not doing physical work than it is a waste of time and can be bad for you.

According to a Nutrition and Health website, “The healthiest beverage to quench your thirst always has been, and always will be, plain old water. Water ensures proper hydration and cellular function, and these health benefits are delivered with no calories or unnatural ingredients. Drinking water also flushes out impurities and will help keep your waistline in check.”

By Dillon Walker

2 thoughts on “Students Here Reach for Soda – The Taste of Unhealthiness”

  1. This unhealthy phenomenon of carbonated soft drinks and sweetened juices is one of the greatest causes of diabetes and other chronic health problems facing Americans. However, there are now options (besides water). A new chocolate milk called MOJOMILK has been launched, and it is actually healthy. MojoMilk ( has 60% fewer calories and delivers 10x the probiotics found in yogurt, helping kids immune systems and digestion. This is the type of product that should be put into schools.

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