A registered dietitian takes issue with the Chapel Hill and Durham mayors' no-soda pledge we reported on last week in The Chapel Hill News (and running this coming Sunday in The Durham News).
Organizer of the No Fizz Charlotte campaign are signing up mayors across the state to kick soda for the month of January to raise awareness that soda is the No.1 source of calories in the American diet and a major cause of obesity and its related health problems.
"As a Registered Dietitian, I applaud Mayors Mark Kleinschmidt and Bill Bell for considering healthy beverage choices for the New Year, and water is a great option. However, I don't understand the benefit of "No Fizz," writes Melissa Herrmann Dierks of Huntersville.
In the article by staff writer Katelyn Ferral, Bell says at a recent Duke game he chose lemonade over soda in order to keep the pledge. But Dierks says the carbohydrate and calorie content of lemonade is similar to soda, "so if the goal was to limit calories, his usual diet soda would have been a better choice."
"'Fizz' is not the enemy,' she continues. "Healthy eating is about the "total diet," not individual foods and beverages. A better approach with be to choose various beverages, while monitoring portion size. Eating healthy is about variety and moderation when making food and beverage choices."