First, let's take a look at the main ingredients in most sodas - carbonated water (okay, not bad), flavorings (usually nothing natural about those), caffeine (it's added in as an extra), phosphoric acid (yes, it's safe, but do you really want something used for rust removal in your body?), and here's the kicker... high fructose corn syrup (soooo bad - we'll have a whole separate day about this!!) - of course there are other ingredients, colorings and such, but those are the main makings of soda.
Shall we begin to discuss why you should give up your fizzy drinks? Let's begin...
- It does nothing good for your body - there is absolutely no nutritional value in Soda.
- Soda raises your blood sugar - even if you drink diet soda, Scientists believe that just the taste of "sweet" stimulates the release of insulin even if you're not actually consuming any real sugar.
- Soda increases your risk for disease - A 2007 study published in the American Heart Association’s journal found that people who drink soda every day, whether regular or diet, were 44 percent more likely to develop metabolic syndrome—a condition that greatly increases your risk for heart disease and diabetes.
- It ruins your smile - The latest research, published in Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) journal, reports that drinking any type of soft drink hurts teeth due to the citric acid and/or phosphoric acid in the beverages. The erosive potential of colas is 10 times that of fruit juices in just the first three minutes of drinking. (In all fairness, OJ and sports drinks do too, but soda (especially cola) is much worse.) The exception - Rootbeer (it is lower in ph and often very lightly carbonated - but still full of sugar!).
- It's bad to the bones - In a report published in the October issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition it stated that Women who drink cola daily had lower bone mineral density than those who drink it only once a week. About 55 percent of Americans, mostly women, are at risk for developing osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation - why increase your risk if you don't have to?
- It leaves you thirsty for more - Soda is likely to make you thirstier because caffeine is a diuretic and sugar interferes with the body’s absorption of fluids, plus it usually contains sodium which although small in amounts, makes your body retain fluids.
- It's addictive - A 2000 study published in the Archives of Family Medicine states that soft-drink manufacturers add caffeine to soda for one reason only: to get consumers hooked. Even though this type of addiction may seem like no big deal, experts are quick to point out that caffeine is a stimulant, and once you’re addicted, going cold turkey can create withdrawal symptoms, including fatigue, depression, irritability, tremors, sleep deprivation, and headaches.
- There is some evidence that it can cause cancer - research showed a strong correlation between esophageal cancer and the drinking of carbonated beverages. When you consume soda, it makes you burp, which is essentially acid reflux because every time you burp some acid makes its way into your esophagus (just as uncontrolled acid refulx can), the acid eventually causes lesions in the esophagus and the lesions can become cancerous.
- It's just plain harder on the pocketbook than water or juice.
Have I convinced you yet to try to give up your soda habit - "but I drink diet soda", you say - it's just as bad - give it up!! Try a glass of water with lemon or lime. If you insist on drinking something bottled, try Hint Bottled Water. It comes in lots of awesome flavors like Mango-Grapefruit, Pomegranate-Tangerine, Lime, Raspberry-Lime, Peppermint, Tropical Punch and more!- some can only be purchased online, but I get mine at my local Pharmaca and Whole Foods Market). They're refreshing and thirst quenching with just a hint (hence the name) of the flavor - with absolutely no sweetener at all - I L.O.V.E. them!
The average American consumes 46 gallons of soda per year - can you imagine how cutting soda can help your weight loss (If you drink the average amount of regular soda (7.5 calories per ounce) you consume 44,160 calories per year in just soda!!!). The bottom line - give up the soda - drop some weight.