Most of the U.S. people indulge in drinking soda on a daily basis without giving its healthiness a second thought. However, it should be a commonplace that sweetened drinks are not good for your health.
The statistics say that, each year, the Americans consume an average bulk of 57 gallons of soda per individual! It looks pretty striking, right?
Is soda really bad for the body?
I guess it suffices to say that doctors are not divided on this subject. So let’s see in what ways it destroys your organs and overall health:
Osteoporosis is closely related to soda intakes
Most people do not know that cola soda contains both phosphoric acid and caffeine, but it is true. The Framingham Osteoporosis Study in 2006 examined the bone mineral density (BMD) in a test corpus of 1,414 women and 1,125 men. What it found was that daily cola intake was associated with ominously lower BMD in the women’s hips, which are much more prone to bone loss than men throughout years.
In support of this, some studies suggest that this phenomenon is provoked by a great amount of phosphorous, which inhibits calcium absorption. It is also believed that phosphoric acid in colas simply leaches calcium out of bones.
There is another study on the subject which suggests that drinking 330 mg of caffeine [which is about 4 cups of coffee a day] can cause severe bone density reduction. The caffeine is another substance thought to inhibit the calcium absorption by the bones, thus leading to calcium loss through urine excretion.
So, if you already suffer from osteoporosis, and you are on the wrong side of 50 (that is over the age of 50), or you have a condition which impairs nutrient absorption (such as Crohn’s disease), you should start avoiding sodas without any delay!
And these are additional 5 reasons why you should reduce or totally quit soda drinks:
1. Extra weight and soda
It’s a fact that one out of three children, and two out of three adults, in the United States are obese (overweight). Now it is believed that daily soda consumption is largely contributing to these rampant epidemics.
Assistant professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Dr. Christopher Ochner, says:
“If everything else in their diet is equal, a person who has a can of Coke a day adds an extra 14.5 pounds per year, just from the calories alone.”
The worst of all side-effects of having sodas daily is that soda consumption causes you to gain the so-called ‘visceral fat,’ which gathers around your organs and increases your risk of heart disease.
2. Liver damage and soda
Sugary drinks contain large amounts of fructose, which can inflict damage on the liver – it’s one of the leading causes of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. As little as 2 cans of Coke a day can increase not only your risk of fatty liver disease, but also of liver failure, liver cirrhosis and heart disease.
3. Tooth decay and soda
Drinking soda causes damaging of tooth enamel or tooth erosion, and increasing of your risk of caries cavities (that is a progressive decay of a tooth). This damaging reaction lasts about 20 minutes after each soda sip, meaning that taking your time to drink soda actually increases its damaging impact on your teeth.
Not like raw fruits and fruit juices, sodas can reach beyond surface tooth enamel and deep into your dentin, and even corrode through composite filings. This reaction causes even more damage to the children’s teeth, which are not fully developed and hardened.
4. Kidney disease and soda
A specialist study that included 3,000 women over the course of 20 years found that soda-drinking women had a 30% greater reduction in kidney function compared with non-soda drinking women.
Another study conducted in Japan found that consuming more than 2 sodas a day causes protein loss through urine, which is a marker of kidney damage, kidney disease, heart disease, and heart failure.
5. Diabetes and soda
All those people who are keen on consuming sugary drinks regularly [1-2 cans a day or more] have a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-soda drinkers.
Dr.Christopher Ochner also suggests that soda consumption causes dangerous influxes in blood sugar levels. Dr. Ochner have said that these people wind up spiking and crashing, and the system that keeps trying to regulate this is going up and down.
You certainly get dysregulation, and you wind up getting insulin resistance. The body develops an inability to properly metabolize the sugar, which ultimately leads to diabetic condition.
People who are on 1 can of a sugary beverage per day also have 20% higher risk of having a heart attack, and dying from a heart attack.
Recommendation: If you are in the habit of drinking sugary soda that you just can’t help it, try replacing the bad drink with much healthier options such as infused water, herbal teas, and freshly-squeezed organic vegetable juices.
In turn, this will infuse you with more energy and make you feel healthier in just a few days, instead of running down and crippling your health.