Book Review: “Iced” by Gary Reinl


Gary Reinl is a retired professor from the University of Minnesota. He was also a former science writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. His most recent book is Iced: How America Went Crazy For Soda and Why That’s Bad News for Your Health (St. Martin’s Press).

Reinl is known for his work on sugar and soda consumption. He has been studying the issue since the 1980s when he began doing epidemiological studies with a group of students at the time.

These included questions like: What kinds of drinks do Americans drink? And how much do they drink them?

He found that Americans were drinking far more sugary sodas than they had ever before consumed. In fact, he found that Americans drank about twice as many sweetened beverages per capita as did Canadians.

The problem was not just the quantity of sugary sodas consumed; it was also the type of beverage consumed. Americans were consuming more diet soft drinks than any other country in the world. Diet soft drinks are often made with high fructose corn syrup, which is one of the worst things you can put into your body because it causes diabetes and obesity.

Reinl’s findings are very important because they show that American habits are leading to serious health problems like diabetes and obesity. They also explain why many people in the United States have to take medication for heart disease, high blood pressure, and other illnesses.

His findings show that the United States is a victim of what he calls the Coca-Cola Foods Syndrome. This means that the country’s food supply contains a large amount of high fructose corn syrup and other types of sugars. This is a major cause of diet-related diseases in the United States.

Iced: How America Went Crazy For Soda and Why That’s Bad News for Your Health

Reinl’s book Iced takes a look at the growing problem of disease in America. He was inspired to write it after seeing first hand the health problems faced by his own grand daughters. He has also seen first hand how easy access to sugary drinks is destroying the health of people around the world. Reinl believes that one of the main culprits of the health problem in America is an over-consumption of refined sugar.

The word “refined” is very important because it helps describe what happens when a simple sugar, like fructose or glucose, is taken out of its original food source. When this happens, the food becomes much less healthy and is more difficult for the body to break down. It also causes all sorts of health problems.

The most dangerous types of sugars that Americans consume are refined sugars. They can come in many forms, including honey, high fructose corn syrup, and granulated sugar. The worst type is high fructose corn syrup because this is the cheapest way for companies to add sweetness to their food.

However, Reinl believes that granulated sugar is the worst refined sugar. Partly because it is cheapest form of refined sugar and is available in such large quantities. It can be bought in bulk at any supermarket or corner store.

Reinl notes that the government heavily subsidizes the growing of corn in this country. This pushes down the price of food and also leads farmers to grow more corn than ever before. The government also heavily subsidizes the growing of sugar, which has led to an overabundance of that product as well.

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The problem with this is that these two inexpensive products are used to make hundreds of sugary foods and drinks. This creates an overconsumption of refined sugars in the American diet. Reinl believes that this is one of the main reasons why so many people in America are obese.

The other problem with these types of refined sugars is that the human body was never meant to consume them in such large quantities. Eating an apple will naturally cause you to eat a small amount of fructose. However, drinking a soda causes you to take in much more fructose than your body was ever meant to process. This can lead to serious health problems.

For example, high fructose corn syrup has been linked to obesity, diabetes, liver damage, and even cancer.

Sources & references used in this article:

Is “Cryo” Therapy? Or Is It an Illusionary Treatment Option? by G Reinl – Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, 2020 –

“Secondary Cellular Death” Is Actually Negligent Homicide by G Reinl – Orthop Surg, 1999 –

Why Ice Delays Recovery by G Mirkin – 2016 –

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