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The average American drinks approximately 56 GALLONS of soda a year. With Americans consuming this large amount of soft drinks each year, it becomes important to evaluate how soft drinks can influence a person’s health. With a little research, it becomes clear that even moderate consumption of soda can be dangerous.
Ten Reasons to Avoid Drinking Soda*:
- A single can of soda contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar. This amount of sugar, especially in liquid form, skyrockets the blood sugar and causes an insulin reaction in the body. Over time, this can lead to diabetes or insulin resistance, not to mention weight gain and other health problems. Soft drink companies are the largest user of sugar in the country.
- Soda contains phosphoric acid, which interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium and can lead to osteoporosis, cavities and bone softening. Phosphoric Acid also interacts with stomach acid, slowing digestion and blocking nutrient absorption.
- In diet sodas, aspartame is used as a substitute for sugar, and can actually be more harmful. It has been linked to almost a hundred different health problems including seizures, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, diabetes, and emotional disorders. It converts to methanol at warm temperatures and methanol breaks down to formaldehyde and formic acid. Diet sodas also increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, which causes belly fat, high blood sugar and raised cholesterol.
- Most sodas contain caffeine, which has been linked to certain cancers, breast lumps, irregular heart beat, high blood pressure, and other problems.
- The water used in soda is just simple tap water and can contain chemicals like chlorine, fluoride and traces of heavy metals.
- Harvard researchers have recently positively linked soft drinks to obesity. The study found that 12 year olds who drank soda were more likely to be obese than those who didn’t, and for each serving of soda consumed daily, the risk of obesity increased 1.6 times.
- Sodas contain High Fructose Corn Syrup, which obviously comes from corn. Most of this corn has been genetically modified, and there are no long term studies showing the safety of genetically modified crops, as genetic modification of crops has only been around since the 1990s. Also, the process of making High Fructose Corn Syrup involves traces of mercury, which causes a variety of long term health problems.
- There is absolutely no nutritional value in soda whatsoever. Not only are there many harmful effects of soda, but there are not even any positive benefits to outweigh them. Soda is an unnatural substance that harms the body.
- Because of the high sugar, sodium and caffeine content in soda, it dehydrates the body and over a long period of time can cause chronic dehydration.
- Drinking soda regularly causes plaque to build up on the teeth and can lead to cavities and gum disease.
Think twice next time you go to reach for that can of soda!
2 thoughts on “Why is soda so bad?”
It’s important to make clear that diet soda has been the focus of rigorous scientific and regulatory review, and has repeatedly been deemed safe. Regarding the allegations here, credible science contradicts these claims. Diet soda does not uniquely cause weight gain, as evidenced here: http://bit.ly/Ik4zjC. Nor does diet soda adversely impact bone health. The reality is soft drinks contain a very small amount of phosphorous – an amount that does not cause weak or brittle bones. In fact, there is more phosphorous in chicken, cheddar cheese and milk than in soft drinks. And, oral health, and tooth erosion specifically, is influenced by diverse factors – not uniquely beverage consumption. In other words, don’t let sensationalism distract from the fact that soft drinks are perfectly safe, and can be enjoyed in moderation as a part of an active life.
-American Beverage Association
Thank you for your comment. We feel it is necessary to spark good discussions regarding topics that are of such interest to our customers. There is good science behind both sides of the issue regarding soft drinks. We find that the best way to keep consumers informed is to give them information and let them do their research to make their own decisions. Thanks again.