Avoiding Pop

I was recently helping my husband prepare an item to display in his office. I thought I would share it with you.

Do you like high fructose corn syrup? Do you like to drink it?

I know that may be hard to see. It says the average 20 ounce pop = 8 1/2 tablespoons of corn syrup. If you can see it, it shows how much eight and a half tablespoons of corn syrup is.

Yes, eight and a half tablespoons! It doesn’t sound very appetizing does it?

How does this fit into a post about being frugal? Pop costs money. It is expensive even when you buy it on sale. But not only is pop a cost to your immediate budget have you ever thought about what it does to your health? Is that much high fructose corn syrup good for anyone? And how many people drink several of these each day, or how many actually drink this size? Most people drink the large 36 or 48 ounce size that you get at gas stations and restaurants. No wonder we have in obesity problem in America!

But back to the health issues. This amount of sugar is terrible for us to consume on a daily basis or even weekly. It is bad for our overall health, but especially bad for our teeth. Do you rinse your mouth well, or brush your teeth after consuming this much pop? Have you ever thought that this pop not only adds to your weekly grocery budget, but also to your yearly dental and medical budget?

We rarely buy pop. In fact, we rarely drink anything besides water and milk. We don’t even drink much juice. Juice has natural sugar, but it is still sugar (but that is for another post). Our kids rarely drink pop. Maybe once a month at a restaurant or at church dinner. My husband might drink two pops a year, probably less than that.

I like pop, and I used to drink a lot of it. When my husband was in college, we could not afford it. Food was more of a necessity, so I stopped drinking it. Now, I occasionally drink one, but it is less than one per week. But after doing this project for my husband and seeing the visual, I think it will make me think twice before I drink any pop.

Now any guesses what my husband does for his job?

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  1. Catherine R. says:

    Um, doctor?

    By the way, I always find it funny when people say “pop”. As far as I know, no one in California ever calls it anything other than soda. So I grew up not knowing what the heck people were talking about by “pop”.

  2. Catherine, I alost titled the post “Avoiding soda, pop, coke, or whatever you call it”. But I decided that would be too long of a title. I guess it is a regional thing. I have heard a lot of people here call everything a coke. Last time I looked Dr. Pepper was not a coke. :)

  3. No guesses, but I need to make one of those for my husband’s desk. He’s a teacher, and high school kids completely gross me out with their pop intake. Yuck!

  4. Amy, I think this would work for a lot of people to display. We have one with sugar in it which also loks bad. But there is something about seeing that thick, sryupy stuff that seems more gross.

  5. I think I need to turn off the computer and go to bed. The two comments I just posted had typing errors in them.

  6. Extraordinary Ordinary Life says:

    I am one of those weird people that call everything coke and I am sure it is a regional thing because my husband calls it pop. I do even call Dr. Pepper, Coke. I mean if it comes in a can, it is Coke, but maybe that is only in Indiana, those crazy Hoosiers.

  7. In Kentucky where I grew up when you asked for a “coke” they asked you “What kind?” I call it soda now, but I refuse to call it pop!

    Regardless, it is really bad for you, and I love the illustration. I’m going to stop buying juice, too–most of the time it is just as bad as “soda.” Thanks for the info!

  8. Mrs. Amy Brigham says:

    Ewwwww!! Neither Sean nor I have drank pop in several years, after going on our initial health kick. He read an article about how HFCS effects the blood sugar and that was the end of it…yuck.

    P.S. I smiled when I saw “pop.” That’s what the fizzy beverage was called back “home” in MI, but down south I even heard orange pop called “coke” *baffled*

  9. The Happy Housewife says:

    As a former “coke” drinker I totally agree with your post. I have given it up several times in my life, but quit cold turkey in April. I am so glad I did and will never go back. I feel so much better since I cut out the coke :)

  10. Let me guess! Your husband maybe delivers soda? Just guessing!! Coca-cola is my one terrible weakness. It is really hard for me to give up. But I am proud of the fact that my 3 and 4 year old have never had so much as a sip, which is quite a feat since I always have a 12 pack in the fridge. Thanks for your post! It reminds me that I really have to put some effort into quitting the cola.

  11. lol @ the soda delivering husband. i think if he had that in his office he might get in trouble with the higher ups!!

    my guess is dentist. :)

    I try to keep Kool-aid made up (not a great alternative, but the lesser of two evils) so that Mr. Right doesn’t drink so much coke (and yes even orange soda is “coke”). At least I control the sugar volume that way!

  12. I gave up drinking diet sodas a year or so ago after I kept having tummy troubles.
    Dh hasn’t given up sodas, but he has given up regular sodas for diet when he wanted to lose some extra weight.
    I only buy sodas on sale and only 1 per 2 week shopping trip for him. He otherwise drinks tea with splenda and the kids and i drink Crystal Lite, juice, milk, or water. 😀

  13. Audra Krell says:

    This is a great illustration, it really hit home with me. I don’t drink pop, but two of my three boys do and my husband has one, once or twice a week. Our dental bills have gone up and I know it’s because of the pop. I don’t buy it anymore, but it is amazing the access my boys (15,12 and 9) have to pop, out in the world. It’s terrible.

  14. The comments on what everyone calls pop, soda, coke, etc made me laugh. I grew up in TN…and everything is a coke. An offer sounds something like this “Do you want a coke?” “What kind of coke do you want, we have reg, diet, orange, sprite, dr pepper.” haha. Ridiculous I know, but it’s true. I agree with you. I saw the movie “Supersize Me” and there is a very similiar visual with a mason jar full of sugar showing the average amount of sugar an average teen gets just from the sodas they drink a day. It’s a real eye opener. No guesses on your husband’s job…but I’m interested and would love to know. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Catherine and Brooke guessed right. Catherine said Dr. and Brooke said more specifically Dentist. Yes, he is a Dentist.

  16. We aren’t huge pop drinkers. Every once in awhile we’ll have some at someone elses house, or at a restaurant. But that is even a rare thing. I try to avoid anything that has high fructose corn syrup. Sometimes I would say 95% of what I buy is without it. I either find a substitute or just don’t buy it. Unfortunately I like powdered creamer in my coffee and haven’t found something to substitute it (even the liquid has HFC in it) and I just love my coffee…..I know, I’m bad!

    I was going to say doctor or teacher…duh!!! I should have thought dentist.

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