Let me put this in as simple terms as I possibly can: It is irresponsible to sell, consume, purchase, or voluntarily use sodas that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup -- In other words, any soda that is not labeled as "Diet".
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a cheaper alternative to sugar that is commercially available in every major grocery store in the world via many products, most notably Regular, Non-diet sodas. As the name implies, HFCS is a liquid, and it exists mainly to make things in which it is placed, much sweeter and more attractive to drink.
But this sweetening effect comes at a high price: Various studies of HFCS in Sodas have been released over the last decade, and all of them point to the fact that HFCS has become proportionally, the main constituent of calories in the average American diet.
What this means is that Non-Diet soft drinks are quickly emerging as perhaps the single biggest contributor to Obesity in the world.
Moreover, HFCS drinks contain high levels of harmful compounds known as "Carbonyls" which actually cause tissue damage in high doses -- in fact, a can of Non-Diet soda has about 500% the concentration of carbonyls as is found in the human bloodstream.
It is irresponsible to consume or sell these Non-Diet beverages because there is an unmistakeable connection between HFCS products and the perpetuation of obesity in America. In fact, the most far-reaching crime of all time is being perpetrated at this very moment by PepsiCo and The Coca-Cola Company, peddling their products cheaply to a wide base of users who will become enamored with the drink, not knowing its inherent dangers, and the fact that it may well be the only officially-approved product in the world with zero nutritional value.
It is especially heinous that these drinks continue to be sold, considering the artificial sweetener known as Sucralose is and has been available for use for nearly ten years. Sucralose (marketed as Splenda) is safe enough that according to Clinical Practical Guidelines, that you could theoretically consume 75 packets of Splenda every day for the rest of your life, and experience no adverse health effects. Add to that the fact that Splenda is 600 times sweeter than table sugar, so it requires less product to reach the same effect, and it really becomes clear that HFCS does not belong on shelves.
If you drink two or more cans of Non-Diet soda daily, you are an irresponsible consumer and a contributor to your own hastened demise, as well as the hastened demise of your ancestors.
"If a child drinks two sodas each day, they are consuming roughly:
-300 calories (150 per glass of soda)
-If a child drinks two sodas each day for one year, they're consuming:
-109,500 calories a year
-300 calories a day for 365 days in a year = 109,500 calories
-Since 1 pound equals 3,500 calories:
-109,500 calories at 3,500 calories per pound = 31.29 pounds
-That means 109,500 calories over a year is 31.29 pounds of weight a year.
-Even if a child only has one soda a day, it leads to 15.6 pounds of weight a year."