Soda is one of the unhealthiest drinks that can cause many health problems.
But despite this fact, today soda is the most commonly drank beverage in the U.S with 15 billion gallons being drunk only in 2000 which means that every man, woman or a child drank around 12 ounce can daily.
There is quite a long list of health issues this drink can cause. For instance, heartburn and acidic reflux are triggered by the large amount of carbon dioxide this drink contains.
Diabetes is often linked with soda, especially type 2 diabetes. Soda is high in sugar which leads to weight gain and eventually diabetes. Only in three decades, the number of U.S citizens suffering from diabetes, from 6.6 million has increased up to 20.8 million.
Be it diet or regular soda, it can still cause high blood pressure.
Many studies have shown that drinking soda on daily basis can also lead to an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome — a group of symptoms like elevated fasting blood sugar, reduced levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol, central obesity, high blood pressure, and increased fasting triglycerides, and developing cardiovascular diseases.
Soda is also bad for the liver. It can cause a development of liver cirrhosis; similar to the one chronic alcoholics suffer from.
It is highly advisable NOT to drink soda on an empty stomach since it can lead to a disbalanced acid-alkaline correlation in the stomach thus causing an acidic environment which will later become the cause of gastric inflammation with potential erosion of the stomach lining and raised stomach acid levels requiring acid inhibitors.
Phosphoric acid is one of the substances that cause kidney stones, and yes this substance is found in many types of Cola. Even by consuming less than three 12-ounce cans a week, you increase the chance of developing kidney stones by 15%.
Phosphoric acid also weakens the bone structure causing osteoporosis. The calcium levels are reduced while the phosphate levels are raised. Now, who wants to have osteoporosis and kidney stones in the same time?
Note to self: diet sodas DO NOT keep you from gaining weight nor they will help you in losing it. By consuming soda on daily basis, you will gain over a pound monthly. Plus, diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners that cause numerous hormonal and physiologic responses that in fact lead to weight gain. So, do you still want some diet soda with the extra large pizza?
Oh, did we mention that soda also causes tooth decay? Because it does. It will dissolve your tooth enamel and nobody wants that.
This “incredible” drink is also high in fructose corn syrup (HFCS), the richest source of calories. It’s been estimated by the USDA that the consumption of HFCS as of 2007 was around 40 pounds annually per capita, mostly from soda.
Back in the 70s’ when the manufacturers learned how inexpensive the fructose corn syrup is, they immediately replaced the sucrose (table sugar) with it, which significantly modified the American diet.
These drinks raise the levels of insulin, which is the source of numerous chronic diseases, like diabetes, premature aging, osteoporosis, arthritis, cancer and heart diseases.
According to numerous studies, sugar is related to raised cancer rates, since the regulation consumption decelerates tumor growth.
On a study conducted on 10 healthy people, scientists examined their fasting blood-glucose levels, as well as the phagocytic index of neutrophils, which shows the ability of immune cells to envelop and kill invaders like cancer and then concluded that the consumption of 100 grams of carbohydrates from honey, orange juice, glucose, sucrose all greatly reduced the potential of neutrophils to engulf bacteria.
On another study conducted at the National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection in the Netherlands was discovered that the risk of cancer linked to the intake of sugars was even more than doubled in the case of cancer patients. This study lasted 4 years and was conducted on 111 biliary tract cancer patients and 480 controls.
Yet another study found a link between soda and cancer. Women who drink a high dietary glycemic load raise the chances of developing colorectal (colon) cancer. Glycemic load is a measure of the speed of the conversion of food’s carbohydrates into sugars by the body (glycemic index apropos the amount of carbohydrates per serving. This study included over 38,450 women who were examined for around eight years. They filled out questionnaires regarding their diet and eating habits, so scientists could investigate the link between overall dietary glycemic index, non-fiber carbohydrate, sucrose, dietary glycemic load, fiber, fructose and carbohydrate, and the development of colon cancer.
An epidemiological study conducted in 21 modern countries including North America, Europe, Japan and others that control the morbidity and mortality rates, showed that the consumption of sugar leads to an increased risk of breast cancer, especially in women.
Soda can also lead to throat cancer. It’s been discovered that there is a link between the increasing number of esophageal cancer patients and the increased consumption of these drinks in the last two decades.
All in all, if you want to keep yourself healthy, just eliminate soda from your diet and replace it with freshly squeezed juice. Oh, and don’t forget to regulate your insulin levels!