It was interesting to watch Washington Elementary's fourth grade students' reactions when Michael Flores, the health specialist with the Fresno County Department of Health Services held up a vial full of sugar to tell them that the energy drinks they have consumed contained too much sugar and too much caffeine. 

Many were shocked, a few however, looked  pleasantly surprised about the amount of sugar in those types of drinks. I believe kids at that age do enjoy sugar, and Mike's effort to show them otherwise might have had the adverse effect on the morning of March 8.

Along with the vial to demonstrate the amount of sugar in caffeine drinks, Mike, there to promote "Fun Fitness Friday," also showed them how much sugar comes in sodas. As he continued talking about soda, I was remind of my personal experience with soda and why I stopped drinking it. I remember the exact moment when I stopped drinking soda. I also remember the reason behind my decision. And to this day, I still feel a bit sick to my stomach when I think about it. 

It was the summer of 2000. At the time I was pregnant with my daughter.  Pregnant women are required to have a glucose screening test between their 24 - 28 week of pregnancy. I don't remember how far along I was but it was time for me to make an appointment to take the "sugar test."

I showed up to the lab and had been specifically instruct not to eat prior to the test. 

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