The consumption of this sugar-laden drink pose far more health risks than you may have realized. Regularly drinking soda can be linked to various health risks such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and obesity.
Studies have shown that on average, an American drink 38 gallons of soda every year – at one time, it has been as high as 50 gallons per year. While this number has been steadily declining in recent years as more individuals adopt healthier lifestyles, there are still many who consume this sugary beverage more than they should.
What is Soda?
Soda (soda pop, pop, or soft drinks) typically contains carbonated water, a sweetener, and a natural or artificial flavoring. Most sodas also contain preservatives, caffeine, colorings, and/or other additives.
Soda is Bad for Your Health
Even a moderate consumption of soda can still be dangerous. In most cases, consuming something in moderation is okay, this does not simply apply to drinking soda. Below are reasons why even the rare soda indulgence is never worth it.
Sugar – A can of soda contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar. This excessive amount of sugar usually comes in the form of high fructose corn syrup which drastically increases blood sugar in your blood. It causes an insulin reaction in the body and over time, can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes. Sugar also increases your body fat, cholesterol and triglycerides. It also makes you hungry which results to weight gain and other chronic health problems.
The phosphoric acid in soda weakens your bones and rots teeth. It impedes your body from absorbing calcium which can then lead to bone softening, osteoporosis, and teeth cavities. Phosphoric acid also mixes with your stomach acid, interfering and slowing down your digestion and inhibiting the absorption of nutrients.
Artificial Sweeteners – Aspartame, used as a substitute for sugar in diet sodas can actually be more harmful. Studies have linked the consumption of aspartame to several health problems such as brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, seizures, diabetes and emotional imbalance. At warm temperatures, it converts to methanol which in turn breaks down to formaldehyde and formic acid. Drinking diet sodas also increases your risk of metabolic syndrome, which results to high blood sugar, high cholesterol and belly fat. Caffeine which can be found in most sodas, has been associated with certain cancers, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, formation of breast tumors, and other chronic health concerns.
Dehydration – Drinking a cold glass of soda on a hot weather can be refreshing but because of its sugar, sodium and caffeine content, it can actually dehydrate your body. The caffeine in sodas is a diuretic which causes you to pee more. When your cells are dehydrated, they are not able to absorb nutrients properly, and it also makes it more difficult to eliminate waste. If you drink soda regularly and over long periods of time, this can cause chronic dehydration.
Caramel Coloring – the artificial brown coloring in sodas is purely cosmetic and is not made from caramelized sugar, but rather from a chemical process. It is formed by mixing sugars with ammonia and sulfates under high temperature and pressure. These chemical reactions produce 2-methylimidazole (2-MI) and 4 methylimidazole (4-MI) – carcinogens which government- conducted studies have found to cause liver, lung, thyroid cancer or leukemia in laboratory mice. Aside from containing carcinogens, caramel-containing products has also been linked to vascular issues.
Asthma – Some recent studies have shown a link to high levels of soda consumption with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Potassium Benzoate – Sodas containing preservative like ascorbic acid and potassium benzoate can form benzene. FDA studies have shown that when benzoate is exposed to light and heat in the presence of vitamin C, it can be converted into benzene, a known carcinogen.
High-Calorie Content – A typical 20-oz bottle of soda contains 17 teaspoons of sugar and 240 calories. These calories does not contain any nutritional value and as such are called “empty calories.” It would take you (an average adult) more than an hour of walking to burn 240 calories contained in a 20-ounce soda.
The Verdict on Soda
Sodas may taste good and can be refreshing but the bottom line is that it is not healthy, not even in small amounts. There is absolutely no justification for consuming it, as the cons far outweigh any benefits you might think you get from drinking this sugary beverage. People who regularly drink sodas can find it difficult to stop which makes sense when you consider how sugar affects the body and create positive feedbacks that can be addicting and tough to break. People who want to stop drinking soda can do so by slowly minimizing (and then eventually eliminating) consumption and replacing soda with healthier alternatives. As a whole, drinking plain, clean water instead of soda is the simplest solution.
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