The Dangers of Soda

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Soda and Sugar

There are dozens of types of soda on store shelves, coming in many colors and flavors. But did you know they can also lead to a variety of health issues? On average, Americans each drink 38 gallons of soda per year. Take a closer look at the dangers associated with drinking this much soda.

Soda is linked to obesity

Sugary drinks, like soda, pack a lot of calories. However, they don't fill you up, making it easy to gulp down additional calories in a sitting without even thinking about it. Because you're not full, you'll still want food to satisfy your hunger later. Many people who drink soda aren't tracking calories. As a result, they drink more calories than they need, which can lead to weight gain and increase your risk for obesity.

Soft drinks contain phosphoric acid

Soda contains a chemical called phosphoric acid, which is something you don’t want to consume regularly. For starters, phosphoric acid keeps your body from absorbing calcium — a mineral you need for strong bones. The acid also eats away at the enamel of your teeth, which can cause tooth decay.

Drinking sugary drinks increases your risk of diseases

Consuming sugary beverages frequently may put you at a higher risk for getting several diseases. People who drink one to two cans of soda per day have a 26 percent greater risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Men who drink a soda per day are at 20 percent greater risk for developing heart disease than men who don't, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. It is also important to note these stats go up with every soda consumed. The caramel coloring in soda can lead to certain types of cancers and problems with your veins, too.

It can make you dehydrated

Sodas don't offer any health benefits and lack the nutrients that you need for a healthy diet. The caffeine in soda also acts as a diuretic, which means it makes you lose body fluids faster. This also means you can't count on soda to keep you hydrated. The sweet taste of soda might be refreshing, but there aren't any benefits to make drinking soda on a regular basis a good idea.

Diet soda isn't much better

It's true that diet soda doesn't add to your daily calorie intake, but it still doesn't have any health benefits. Doctors and researchers still aren't sure about the long-term effects of artificial sweeteners, which make diet sodas taste good. However, diet sodas contain sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate, which are chemicals that stop mold from growing. These additives can damage your body's cells and can also cause allergic reactions like hives and asthma.

Staying hydrated and consuming food with nutritional value is important for staying healthy. Therefore, when it comes to soda, it is important to limit your intake and avoid it as much as possible.

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