Side Effects of Soda

Effect Of Soda On Your Body

Americans are constantly on the go, therefore we all need easy solutions for what we eat and drink to keep us going. A coke in the vending machine or with your cheeseburger sounds much tastier than a water right? Plus it has caffeine so it will keep you going for a few more hours… right? Wrong. Soda is simply toxic chemicals, over 30 grams of sugar, and water mixed together.

1.   Sugar & Sodium. A single can of soda contains 44 grams of sugar. This can skyrockets the blood sugar and causes an insulin reaction in the body. Eventually, this can lead to diabetes or insulin resistance, weight gain, dehydration and other health problems. Soft drink companies are the largest user of sugar in the country. The picture below represents the amount of sugar in each drink. Still think that soda or juice in the vending machine sounds better than the water?



2. Dehydration. Because of the high sugar, sodium and caffeine content in soda, it dehydrates the body and over a long period of time can cause chronic dehydration.




3. Chemicals. Soda contains phosphoric acid, which interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium and can lead to osteoporosis, cavities and bone softening. Phosphoric Acid also interacts with stomach acid, slowing digestion and blocking nutrient absorption. In diet sodas, a chemical called aspartame is used as a substitute for sugar, and can actually be more harmful. It has been linked to an incredible amount of health problems health problems and increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, which causes belly fat, high blood sugar and raised cholesterol.




4. Weight Gain.  Calories from drinks including soda make up over 20% of the total daily calories consumed by Americans, according to a 2004 article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Soda contains empty calories, with ZERO nutritional value, which make you gain weight and become hungrier quicker. Researchers at the University of Texas say artificial sweeteners can interfere with the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake. This could mean that people who consume artificially sweetened items are more likely to overindulge.




5. Acid. The amount of acid in soda is enough to wear away at the enamel of your teeth, making them more susceptible to decay. In tests done on the acidity levels of soda, certain ones were found to have PH levels as low as 2.5. To put that into perspective, consider that battery acid has a pH of 1 and pure water has a pH of 7. Coke could actually replace some of your household cleaning products as well. Click the picture below to see all the crazy things you can clean with a coke!

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