According to the American Heart Association, it is recommended that men have no more than 9 teaspoons of added sugar per day and women have no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day. The average soda contains 35 to 40 grams – or 7 to 9 teaspoons- of added sugar. More than your recommended days consumption comes from one soda, and we know that doesn’t include any other item with added sugar during the day. Eating and drinking foods that have added sugar is a cause of the diabetic- and subsequently the obesity epidemic- in the United States. Added sugar is also linked to increased risks of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and inflammation of the body.
Since the inception of the Healthy Lodi Initiative, the Lodi District Chamber of Commerce has been in search of ways to “walk” the talk. And we’ve found it. This year, we will be replacing sugary beverages at the Lodi Street Faire with healthy alternatives. Events Manager Karen Cannon has partnered with the brand Zevia – a zero-calorie soda alternative. In contrast to traditional soda options (Sprite, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Fanta), Zevia only has 0 to 3 grams of added sugar per can. They come in Cola, Dr. Zevia, Cream Soda, Ginger Ale, Black Cherry, and Root Beer flavors. In addition to the Zevias, the Lodi Street Faire will also be selling a multitude of sparkling waters, including brands like La Croix, Arrowhead, etc. Diabetes, obesity, and many diseases springing from these physical impairments ultimately cause employers higher medical costs, and as well as shortened life-spans of those in our community. Information regarding this change will be available at each drink booth at the Lodi Street Faire. We invite the community to embrace this change and join us in our quest to end the sugar epidemic in our town.
The Lodi District Chamber of Commerce is an organization dedicated to “Securing Lodi’s Economic Future.” Our priority it to be a catalyst for business growth, a convener for leaders and influencers to create positive change, and a champion for the community. For more information on Healthy Lodi and how to get involved, visit HealthyLodi.com.