According to a survey, around 63% of children and 49% of adults consume a can of soda every single day. That’s a hundred and fifty useless empty calories every single day.
The advertisements and a certain degree of corporate romanticism have made these cans a thing of daily parlance and use.
Soda consumption is probably the surest way to ensure a sugar addiction. Moreover especially in the formative years, soda consumption in excess can invariably lead to obesity, something you would regret in your adulthood.
Here are some of the most important factors that will persuade you to quit drinking soda.
In fact, here are the 5 things that are found in soda you should stop consuming for a better health:
5 Things You Should Stop Drinking for a Better Health
1. Sugar…insane quantities of it!
On average every can of soda contains ten teaspoons of sugar. That is an insane quantity. Now if you enjoy that, it is a possible indication of a sugar addiction. Sugars are also unanimously associated with obesity and can spell death for diabetics.
A study published in 2010 linked soda consumption to metabolic syndrome, while another article published in the same year drew strong ties between soda and cardiovascular disease. You get the idea. All that sugar crammed into one tiny can could wreak havoc on your body.
2. Artificial Sweeteners:
Now for those who will say “but hey I drink ones that have zero sugar!”
Well, my friend you aren’t better off at all.
Most big brands us the sweetener aspartame to sweeten their drinks. Aspartame is a known carcinogen when consumed in large quantities.
Documented cases show that it can cause nausea, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, hearing loss, tinnitus, liver damage and even neurological issues on top of that.
Caffeine in tandem with the other stimulants in the soda like for example sugar, amplifies the adverse effects they are already wrecking.
And because the fact that soda contains caffeine is often not highlighted, a number of people who avoid caffeine normally, tend to overlook it; as a result a number of regular soda consumers complain about lack of sleep, something one might normally associate with heavy coffee drinkers.
4. High Fructose Corn Syrup:
This is the stuff that lends coke its characteristic taste and refreshing feel.
High fructose corn syrup is many times sweeter than table sugar, making it the ideal for including in a can of fizzy drink. The problem is, our bodies can’t process high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) the same way as glucose.
HFCS fails to stimulate insulin secretion and sidesteps leptin production, thereby increasing the number of calories absorbed and the amount of weight gained from a single can.
This is literally empty, unabsorbed sugars in your bloodstream. Something you can’t even totally work off.
5. Phosphoric Acid:
Phosphoric acid adds “tartness” to the drink. However given that one of the effects of this chemical is osteoporosis, is the sweetness really worth it?
Most at risk are children whose skeletons are still developing and postmenopausal women with a deteriorating skeleton.
In conclusion, besides these health risks your soda can comes at the cost of millions of day labourers being exploited and high corporate stakes. These companies are so large they can basically buy off entire countries.
Moreover soda cans are a chief source of refuse; without proper recycling they enter the ecosystem unaltered and end up damaging the environment as well.
Keep in mind these things before popping the next cold one!