Why you should stop drinking Soda

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Weight gain

A 355ml can of coke contains 140 calories and 39g of carbohydrates (sugars). A 160lb man working on a fat loss program would aim to consume no more than 60 to 70g of (low glycemic index) carbohydrates in a day. A single can of coke can wipe out an entire day’s gains if you are working towards fat loss.  For those not on an exercise program, fat gain around the abdominal area is rapid.

Diabetes

This is a consequence of the above. Rapidly absorbed carbohydrates like high fructose corn syrup strain insulin-producing cells. The sugar enters the bloodstream quickly and the pancreas must secrete large amounts of insulin for the body to process it. Over time, this may cause the pancreas to be unable to keep up with the body’s need for insulin. Also, insulin itself becomes less effective at processing sugar; both these conditions contribute to the risk of developing diabetes.

Weakened Bones and Risk of Osteoporosis 

Frequent consumption of soft drinks may also increase the risk of osteoporosis, especially in people who substitute calcium-rich milk with soft drinks. Most experts now say that the real culprit is soda’s displacement of milk in the diet, though some scientists believe that the acidity of colas may be weakening bones by promoting the loss of calcium.

Tooth decay

The acidity in sodas dissolves the mineral content of tooth enamel making teeth more susceptible to decay. 

Kidney Damage

Researches clearly demonstrated that large quantities of cola result in enhanced kidney stone formation. Sodas cause acidity and radical mineral imbalances and your body must buffer the acidity of soft drinks with calcium from your own bones. As this calcium is eliminated through your urine, it slowly forms kidney stones.

Increased Blood Pressure

Experts have reasons to believe that over consumption of fructose, particularly in the form of soft drinks, leads to an increase in blood pressure.

Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factor

Soft drinks are a significant risk factor for developing of metabolic syndrome, a combination of the symptoms such as high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance. You do not have to be a medical professional to realize that is a lethal combination of conditions.

Harmful effects on the Liver

There is evidence that consumption of too many soft drinks puts you under increased risk for liver cirrhosis – like what chronic alcoholics have.

Impaired Digestive System

Soda are extremely acidic beverages but the sugar content disguises the acidity. To put that into perspective, consider that battery acid has a pH of 1 and pure water has a pH level of 7. Throughout the digestive system only the stomach can resist an acidic environment up to pH 2.0. The linings of the mouth, pharynx and esophagus are highly sensitive to acids. The phosphoric acid present in soft drink competes with the hydrochloric acid of the stomach and affects its functions. When the stomach becomes ineffective, food remains undigested causing indigestion, gassiness or bloating (swelling of stomach).

Dehydration

The next problem with sodas is that they act as dehydrating diuretics. Both caffeine and sugar cause dehydration. Caffeine is a diuretic and causes an increase in urine volume. High concentration of sugar is drawing off water as well because your kidneys try to expel the excess sugar out of the blood. When you drink a caffeinated soda to quench your thirst, you become even thirstier.

High Caffeine Content

Sodas are a major source of caffeine. High doses of caffeine can cause, among others, irritability, restlessness, tension, insomnia, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal disturbance, excessive urination, and irregular heartbeat.

Toxins – Aspartame

If you think diet soda is better — think again. The poison in diet soda is an artificial sweetener aspartame. Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. It is used because it’s about 200 times sweeter than table sugar. It is one of the most dangerous substances added to food. After you drink an aspartame-sweetened product, aspartame breaks down into its components: phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol. The latter further converts to formaldehyde and formic acid, which are known carcinogens (substances that cause cancer). There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption.

Other Harmful Effects

And if you are still not convinced, studies published in a couple of recent years show the following health risks associated with soda consumption:

  • Increased risk of asthma and lung disease
  • Caffeinated and artificially sweetened soft drinks may increase the risk of early menarche, a risk factor of several diseases
  • Elevation of uric acid levels
  • Risk of developing hypertension
  • Mental health problems

And so, before you think sodas are tasty, feel tempted to have one because they are everywhere or convenient to grab on the go, notice their cheap prices, or get addicted to their taste or caffeine, or think they quench your thirst, think again!

An info-graphic compiled by The Renegade Pharmacist — a blog run by a former pharmacist from the United Kingdom, Niraj Naik shows what exactly happens inside of our bodies within an hour of drinking a can of coke.

 

Can of Coke

 

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