We’ve all been hearing for years that soda is devoid of nutrients while rich in calories, yet many people have yet to give up the sugary addiction. If you need more evidence to push you in the direction of cutting soda out of your life for good, read on to see all of the bad that this drink does to your body.
Soda Contains Carcinogens
Carcinogens often lead to cancer, and soda is chock-full of them. Caramel coloring is used to give most sodas their color (even diet sodas), but it is also considered a cancer-causing chemical, and it has been shown to cause cancer in animals.
May Cause Osteoporosis
Both regular and diet soda contain phosphates or phosphoric acid in some form. Consuming too much phosphoric acid can cause osteoporosis by interfering with calcium absorption in the bones. Not only does phosphoric acid reduce bone density and increase your risk of osteoporosis, but it may also contribute to heart and kidney issues as well.
Causes Weight Gain
It may not be overly surprising that regular soda, with 150 calories per serving, will cause you to gain weight, but researchers are now saying that even diet soda can contribute to an increase in weight. Worst of all, Danish researchers found that regular soda causes you to store this fat in the worst places—around the liver and your muscles. Storing fat here especially can lead to insulin resistance and eventually diabetes. In addition, storing fat around the liver can eventually lead to liver disease.
Rots Your Teeth
Drinking too much soda literally causes your teeth to decay, as it erodes the enamel and then the core of the tooth.
Increases Your Risk of Diabetes
As was already briefly mentioned, consuming soda regularly can disrupt your insulin resistance and lead to type II diabetes. Your risk increases with as little as one soda per day.
May Cause Cognitive Decline
Researchers are beginning to notice a correlation between soda consumption and the onset of dementia. The higher one’s blood sugar is on a regular basis, the higher their risk of dementia. To protect your mind from Alzheimer’s and other cognitive diseases, it’s time to seriously begin cutting back on those sodas, and eventually eliminating them altogether.
Consuming soda can also affect your heart. Studies show a correlation between increased sugar consumption and an increased risk of heart disease. In fact, having just one soda per day on average may increase your risk of having a heart attack by as much as 20%.
As it is now clear, soda offers you zero benefits, but does pose a lot of problems. Consuming soda increases your risk of getting diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, and gaining weight. No matter how good it tastes, it simply isn’t worth the risk of what you could do to your body. Replacing your regular soda with diet soda is no better, as diet soda poses many of the same dangers, and possibly even more. Start replacing your sugary drink with a glass of water or unsweetened iced tea for the healthiest alternatives.