The United States of America is at the top of the world list when it comes to soda consumption and that’s despite many of the regular soda drinkers being well aware that the soft drinks are not very good for their health. So lets look into the reasons why you should throw in the towel on soda drinks.
- Soda is useless There is no nutritional value in drinking it. Soft drinks are mostly filtered water and refined sugars. According to reports an average American drinks about 57 gallons each year… not so good.
- Weight gain Many people forget or just do not realize how many extra calories they consume in what they drink. Drinking a single 330 ml can a day of sugary drinks makes up more than 1lb of weight gain every month.
- Diabetes Anything that promotes weight gain increases the risk of diabetes. Drinking soda contributes to making people fat, but also stresses the body’s ability to process sugar. The sweet stuff may help explain why the number of type 2 diabetes has tripled from 6.6 million in 1980 to 20.8 million today.
- Dental problems Soda dissolves tooth enamel. I believe that soft drinks are responsible for tripling the incidence of tooth decay. The acidity can dissolve the mineral content of the enamel, making the teeth a lot weaker, more sensitive and more susceptible to decay. Soda’s acidity makes it even worse for teeth than the solid sugar found in candy. The dental experts urge that people drink less soda, especially between meals, to prevent tooth decay and dental erosion.
- Dehydration Both caffeine and sugar cause dehydration. Caffeine causes an increase in urine volume. High concentration of sugar is drawing off water because your kidneys try to expel the excess sugar out of your blood. When you drink caffeinated soda to quench your thirst, you will actually become thirstier.
- High Caffeine Another reason to avoid soda is that you will avoid the unnecessary caffeine. Soda drinks are a major source of caffeine especially in the American diet. High doses of caffeine can cause irritability, restlessness, tension, insomnia and high blood pressure.