Soda is a staple in a lot of Americans diets. We all hear that soda is bad for you, but never hear the explanations why. So why is soda so bad for us?
One can of soda contains approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar. This amount can boost our blood sugar levels and cause an insulin reaction. The sugar intake from drinking soda can lead to insulin resistance. The sugar can also cause weight gain, an increase of fat cells, and other health problems.
Phosphoric acid interferes with our body’s ability to absorb calcium. This can lead to cavities, softening bones, and osteoporosis. It also slows digestion and blocks nutrient absorption.
Diet soda isn’t the answer. Diet soda contains aspartame as a substitute to sugar and has many harmful health risks. Aspartame is linked to seizures, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, diabetes, and emotional disorders. Diet sodas increase the risk of metabolic syndrome as well which can increase blood sugar, cholesterol, and belly fat.
Caffeine can cause high blood pressure, irregular heart beats, and increase the risk of cancers, and breast lumps.
Soda contains only tap water, which can contain not only fluoride, but also chlorine, and traces of heavy metals.
Just because it has water in it doesn’t make it replenishing. Soda dehydrates us with its high sugar, sodium and caffeine content. Over a long period of time it can cause chronic dehydration.
Lack of Nutrients:
Soda contains no nutritional value. There is not one positive benefit to attempt to outweigh the harmful effects.
High Fructose Corn Syrup:
High Fructose Corn Syrup comes from corn, which tend to be genetically modified. In addition, the process to create high fructose corn syrup includes traces of mercury, which have their own health risks.
Bad For Teeth:
Soda increases plaque build up. Plaque build up can lead to cavities and gum disease.
We all assumed soda could lead to obesity, but recently Harvard has proven the positive link. The risk of obesity increases 1.6 times for drinking soda.