When was the last time you had a soda?  Chances are, at some point today itself.  Americans consume more than 50 gallons of soft drink per person, per year.  The FDA has deemed all ingredients that go into the making of a carbonated drink as safe – however, large scale or regular consumption of these beverages can cause undesirable side effects.  Yes, do know that consumption of soda may lead to permanent damages to your body too.

Most of us are aware of the dangers of consuming too much soda, and yet, we reach out for the next glass without a second thought.  Have you ever wondered why we are so partial to this drink? Or, what are the dangers of its over-consumption? Read on for more about how carbonated drinks impact your system and why you should refrain from having them on a regular basis.

Why do we Drink Sodas?

Soda is tasty and available in different flavors to suit your palate.  It is found everywhere and probably the most convenient drink to take on the go.  Adding to its easy availability is the price – it is cheap when compared to fruit juices or milk.  Advertising and promotions by companies manufacturing sodas entice most people to make its consumption a habit.  A lot of them contain caffeine, which is addictive, thus causing you to get hooked on to the same.  So, before you reach out for that next can of soda, look at the following facts.

Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda

There are numerous reasons to avoid, if not totally stop ingesting carbonated drinks – but the simplest is that a soda is nutritionally useless.  In fact, one of the biggest problems associated with sodas is obesity and weight gain.  Did you know that you gain 1lb of weight every month by drinking just 330 ml of soda daily?

Drinking soda causes your body to release insulin, which in turn makes your body hang on to its fat.  More so, weight gain promotes the risk of diabetes.  Data analyzed by researchers from Harvard Medical School, during the Nurses’ Health Study II, showed that women who consumed one or more sugared drinks on a daily basis gained more weight and were more likely to get diabetes, than those who did not.

Consider this fact – when the Nurses’ Health Study II covering 51,000 women started, there were no cases of diabetes amongst them.  Thereafter, 741 of those women were diagnosed with diabetes, over a period of 8 years.

Color me Caramel

Caramel color used in soda contains artificial phosphorus.  Ingesting this ingredient causes your bones to lose calcium.  This leads to weakened bones and a high risk of osteoporosis – a major cause of concern in the contemporary health care system.  Additionally, the acids found in sodas are responsible for dissolving the mineral content of the enamel, thus causing tooth decay and cavities.

Stones are Good on Rings…not in the Kidneys

The acid content of sodas needs to be buffered by your body, which is done via the releaseof calcium from the bones.  This break down of calcium not only weakens your bones but also gets deposited in the kidneys while being eliminated through urine.  Over time and with regular intake of sodas, these calcium deposits start forming stones in the kidney.

And There is Still More…

Research has shown that over consumption of soda leads to increased blood pressure.  It also increases the risk factor for metabolic syndrome.  Evidence shows that high consumption of this beverage can increase the risk of liver cirrhosis too.  The sugar and caffeine content in sodas cause dehydration due to their diuretic effect.  Caffeine is also associated with insomnia, restlessness, tension, irritability, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal disturbance and various other side effects.  Most sodas have a pH of 2.5 – about similar to that in vinegar.  Passing through your digestive system,this acidic beverage causes an abnormal acidic environment that leads to a whole set of digestive problems.

No Longer “Forever Young” with Sodas

Research has indicated that sodium benzoate, a common preservative found in sodas like Fanta and Pepsi Max, has the ability to switch off vital parts of your DNA.  Evidence shows that this may not only cause serious damages to your cells, but also accelerates the process of cell ageing.  In fact, sugar sweetened sodas may make your cells age as fast as those of smokers.

The next time you desire to indulge – think about all that happens to your system when you have a soda – you may find yourself pulling your hands back.

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