Click, sip, ahhh. The refreshing taste of soda. You might drink it, I occasionally drink it, and according to a post in the Huffington Post, nearly half of all Americans drink it. But why do we? I’m sure it is no news flash to you by now that soda is one of the worst things you can drink, including the diet sodas. One of the worst, but why? Well if you’re an avid soda drinker, you know those who having a tall fountain pop a day is part of your daily routine, you are more than likely addicted. Yes, I said it, but I know that the bubbly delicious taste of that pop is just something many people enjoy.
So if you’re ready to kick the habit, here are some outlined downfalls of soda. I believe that knowing why it is so bad for you rather than just hearing it is bad for you will make you feel more inclined to drink less. And I’ll be honest here, I am not a pop a day kind of girl, but I am even researching this for myself too, a soda a week is even critical to my health I feel. So let’s kick that can to the curb with these researched soda downfalls.
Reason #1 soda is bad for you: Addiction
First, and most obvious- it is straight up, hands down, without a doubt addicting. Whenever someone is addicted to something they will find any reason to keep it in their lives- and these bubbly, fizzy drinks are no exception.
But why is it so addicting? The ingredients in soda’s leave you wanting more. For example- caffeine- it is addicting. Caffeine has been reported as the most popular psychoactive drug and its energizing effect on your body leaves you wanting more, and more.
Aside from that- ingredients such as soda and sugar could leave you feeling more thirsty in the long run or lead to a sugar crash and have you reaching for another Pepsi out of the cooler
Reason #2: Hazardous ingredients
Any kind of pop- well excluding the “diets”- are full, and I mean full of sugar. You might as well eat a sugar cube and call it a day. Some of that sugar even comes in the form of high fructose corn syrup– yuck! If you know nothing about “HFCS” you just need to know one thing- stay away from it!
Phosphoric Acid. Just like it says in its name, it is very acidic. Everything has a pH level, and the lower the level, the worse it is for you. For example- water has the purest acidic level at 7, whereas phosphoric acid has a level of 2.5. Compare that to the acidic level of 1 of battery acid that can eat through your skin and you see where you’re sitting at on the acidic scale every time you sip on that Coke. In addition, this ingredient also makes your body less capable of absorbing calcium, making your bones weak
Caramel coloring. AH! the caramel coloring, something you have may have heard of in recent years for its claim to bad health, especially in the diet sodas. The most basic way to put why this coloring is so bad for you is that during the process of making it- it also creates byproducts that are carcinogens. So that coloring goes into your Diet Pepsi and brings with it its friends the carcinogens.
Aspartame as a substitute for sugar in diet drinks could possibly be even worse for your health
Reason #3: Weight gain
The American Journal of Preventive medicine stated that over 20% of calories consumed by Americans daily comes from sodas! In a country where we are exposed to every type of greasy, sugary, bad for you food, we are prone to weight gain, and sodas only contribute to that problem.
Now obviously we know that calories in<calories out is the basic equation for weight loss- but when it comes to tracking liquid calories, many Americans just leave out their soda for example thinking that because it is a liquid it can’t count for much. WRONG! If those who drink just one 12 ounce can of Pepsi a day quit- they would save 1,050 calories a week. And in the world of calories and weight loss, a negative weekly balance of about 500 calories is all it takes to lose one pound! What do you think about tracking your soda calories now?
Reason #4: Long term health issues
The hazardous ingredients, excessive amount of sugar, weight gain due to calories, and even potential excessive amount of caffeine can have hazardous long term health effects such as:
- 20% increased risk of having a heart attack
- 26% increased risk of type 2 diabetes
- 75% increased risk of gout
- Bone and teeth depletion- if you want a good example of bone depletion read the section on “chicken bone experiment” here: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/why-you-shouldnt-drinking-soda-that-includes-diet-soda.html
- Seizures, brain disorders, and multiple sclerosis as a result of the aspartame
- As a result of the phosphoric acid- osteoporosis
- And most obviously- obesity
Reason #5: It breaks the bank!
Pop can cost you anywhere between $1-$5 depending on where you buy, and how many ounces. Just to be modest, let’s look at just below the average cost of that range at $2.50 a soda, I think that sounds pretty normal unless you’re at a ballpark. If you were to drink a soda a day, for 7 days a week, for 52 weeks in a year you would be spending $910 a year, on average! That is the cost of a vacation! Just think about what you could do with that savings if you switched to free water right in your own home!
All in all, soda is bad for you, it has been known to be bad for you, and it will continue to be bad for you. Opt for some water enhancers, natural tea, carbonated water instead! Give it 21 days to break the habit and stay committed from there!