Why Soda Is Terrible For Your Health

SupermarkedWritten by Becki Andrus

I recently listened to a teenage girl talk about how she chooses to drink diet soda instead of regular soda, because it is better for her. At that moment I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and talk some sense into her, because diet soda (or regular soda) is not good for you in any way! As a matter of fact, soda is very detrimental to your health!

We know that people love soft drinks, and it is a smart marketing strategy for the soft drink companies to sell “zero calorie” or “diet” options to help people “improve their health. Sure, these drinks are lower in calories, but they are filled with TERRIBLE ingredients that should not be consumed.

Some of these ingredients include: chemicals, artificial dyes, sugar (or worse, chemical based sugar substitutes), caffeine, etc. These ingredients do not promote health in any way, so don’t be fooled into thinking that they are ok to drink. Some of the negative side effects of soda include:

  • Weight gain/obesity
  • Weak bones (the soda strips bones of calcium)
  • Caffeine dependence and addiction
  • Kidney damage
  • Tooth decay

As a matter of fact, soda is the #1 thing that I avoid as much as possible, because it has such a negative impact on health! Here’s what happens to your body when you drink Coke (source: http://nutritionresearchcenter.org):

  • In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
  • 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
  • 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
  • 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
  • >60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
  • >60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
  • >60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.

At this point, some people may argue that they drink diet sodas instead (to lessen the sugar impact. But the truth is that artificially sweetened diet sodas may cause even more health problems than regular sugar consumption! Aspartame consumption has been linked to a myriad of health problems such as neurological problems, eye problems, depression, anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, etc. Here is a full list of potential negative side effects from aspartame.

There is absolutely no health benefit from drinking soda, do yourself a favor and make a New Years resolution to cut soda out this year!

Photo Credit: M*orten

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