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Last fall, the Chicago Dental Society turned its newspaper journalism contest into a blogging contest open to any high school student in Cook, Lake or DuPage County who answered the question, "Is Soda Just Liquid Candy?"

Full details on how to enter are posted to our contest Web page. Deadline for entries is February 1, 2010.

This entry is by Surai D. 

Coke, Pepsi, Fanta, 7-up, Dr. Pepper, there are numerous amounts of brands and flavors for soda and with its tasteful packaging, teenagers are drawn to the carbonated wonder of soda. But most don't realize, that it truly is a calorie filled, sugar coated way to increase your risk of obesity, tooth decay, and many other health risks. You should never have too much of anything, but because soda is liquid calories, teenagers don't necessarily realize how much they're consuming. I'm a student who believes that soda is disgustingly bad for you and its acidic carbonated texture is just too much. The only thing that is just as bad as consuming soft drinks is its availability. Vending Machines can be found throughout any high school and you would like to imagine that they are trying to persuade you to buy some refreshing water or juice, but in reality those machines are filled with soft drinks that contain 140-240 calories. The reason being, schools need funding, so they sign pouring contracts with soda companies and then they have to sell it throughout the school day. I'm proud to say that Fremd High school doesn't open their vending machines until after school, but it's not enough. Students feel as if they need it, but this caffeine they think they need causes them to be alert for a little while, but then increasingly makes them nervous, irritable, or sleepy. Pop can also be appealing by its sugary sweet taste, but this taste is what is eroding at your tooth enamel. One 20oz bottle of pop sold in many school vending machines contains up to 15 teaspoons of sugar. Milk or water is healthier alternatives to a quick drink, but soft drinks are too well advertised at many schools. The drinks are colorful and have splashy, refreshing designs, if milk was introduced with younger more colorful packaging, it could begin to appeal to teenagers more so than soft drinks. According to National Institutes of Health, the empty calories lower the intake of important nutrients, which displace nutritious food in the diet. I believe that pop is a major obesity risk especially in America. It is appealing, available, and cheap at only $1.25 students feel as if it's the perfect drink after a busy long day at school and will help energize them for their after school activities. The caffeine in most soft drinks causes students to be hooked and wanting more. Next time you decide to pick up that can of Pepsi at a party, remember the overweight teenagers in America, remember your teeth and consider those lean, strong, and powerful ads of "Got Milk?"