Even though there are thousands of warnings that soda can cause serious health issues, such as diabetes, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease, this drink is still the most widely consumed beverage on the planet. Over $75 billion worth of soda is sold annually, solely in America. If you are one of those people who just can’t quit drinking soda, then keep on reading this article.
Reasons to ditch soda drinks
Both regular and diet soda are loaded with phosphates or phosphoric acid that are added in order to improve their flavor and extend their shelf life. Even though phosphoric acid is found in a number of whole foods, excessive intake has been linked to heart and kidney problems, muscle loss, osteoporosis, and accelerated aging. It also leads to depleting calcium levels causing bone loss. Also, the caffeine in soda affects proper calcium absorption in the body, meaning bone density is reduced and the risk of osteoporosis is increased.
- Fat gain
According to a Danish study, regular consumption of non-diet soda results in significant increases in fat accumulation around the liver and skeletal muscles. So, if you regularly consume soda for 6 months, every day, it will lead to increased liver fat, skeletal fat, triglyceride blood fat, and other organ fat, along with an 11% increase of blood cholesterol.
- It is cancer-causing
Sodas get their brown color from an artificial caramel coloring, which is a popular additive containing two contaminants: 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, both of which have been linked to cancer in animals. The California’s strict Proposition 65 list of chemicals that are known carcinogens suggests that only 16 micrograms a day of 4-methylimidazole is a cancer threat. Most popular brown colas, both diet and regular, contain 200 micrograms of this substance per 20 oz bottle.
- Tooth decay
The citric acid in soda damages the tooth enamel and eventually the dentin – the core of the tooth, which leads to tooth decay.
- Diseases caused by soda:
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease – because of the high amount of fructose, sodas overburden the liver, which turns the fructose into fat. This fat buildup eventually results in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Insulin Resistance – makes the pancreas produce even more insulin to remove the glucose from the bloodstream, increasing insulin levels and triggering insulin resistance.
Type 2 Diabetes – a single can of soda a day increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Heart Disease – only one sugary drink a day increases the risk of suffering or dying from a heart attack by 20%.
Dementia – many studies have confirmed that increased blood sugar levels are linked to an increased risk of dementia. Excessive intake of sugary drinks interferes with memory and decision-making capabilities, and eventually sets grounds for conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.
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