This 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 would answer 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.
Here's our first entry, from Hanna C. View.
Soda is a tasty thing.
Heck, I was just finishing up a cup of Coca-Cola a minute
And yes, I do drink soda frequently, around once or twice a week or
I am aware of the spoonfuls of sugar there are in each can I
consume. I am aware of the sodium, the calories, the caffeine, the
artificial ingredients, and the effects it has on my health.
Call me ignorant, but I am willing to bypass those facts once in a
while for a drink to go with a slice of pizza, or a burger.
I think a lot of kids my age can agree with me on this one. We all
were taught that soda was bad for us, just like how alcohol or
cigarettes are. Many of us may never smoke a cigarette or get
drunk, but most likely, we frequently drink a can of Sprite despite
the knowledge of the possible consequences.
But in my opinion, that a cup of soda is just as bad as a doughnut,
or quarter-pound burger. People eat these things for taste. Not for
their health. You can still maintain a healthy body, even when
consuming these kinds of foods. All that matters is how frequently
you have these things.
And really, the reason why I drink soda most of the time is because
it tastes better with what I'm drinking it with. Of course, if I
was eating a Caesar salad, I'd drink water or tea. But with a
greasy pizza, you can't go wrong with washing it down with a fizzy
Of course, I'm not advising that kids SHOULD go around and drinking
soda. Especially if they're like my friends' younger brothers, who
start running around like crazy whenever a drop of carbonated
drinks touch their tongues. I just think that it's all dependent on
drinking it, in moderation.