Although everyone knows that drinking soda carries many health risks, people continue to drink sugary drinks. Did you know that more than $75 billion in soft drinks are sold each year? This has resulted in an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay, etc.
Wondering if you would drink a can of soda? Here are some reasons why you should not do this.
- Soda causes fat gain
Drinking non-diet soda can increase the buildup of fat around the skeletal muscle and liver. This leads to diabetes. One Danish study showed that people who drank regular soda, every day for 6 months, had an increase in liver fat, blood triglycerides, skeletal fat and an increase in cholesterol.
- Soda can cause osteoporosis
All sodas, both regular and diet, contain phosphoric acid or phosphates, which are compounds that improve the shelf life of soda. Too much phosphoric acid can cause muscle loss, kidney problems, osteoporosis and can speed up the aging process. It can also cause bone loss while caffeine can interfere with calcium absorption. Drinking a lot of soda can reduce bone density and increase the risk of osteoporosis.
- Soda contains carcinogenic additives
Many soft drinks contain artificial caramel coloring. This coloring contains two compounds that are known to cause cancer in animals. One research shows that just 16 mcg of these compounds is sufficient for one’s risk of developing cancer. The amazing part is that one bottle of cola contains 200 mcg.
- Soda can cause tooth decay
Children and adults who drink a lot of soda are called “Mountain Dew Mouth.” This name was invented by dentists which explains that people who consume a lot of soda end up with a mouth full of decaying teeth. Soda contains citric acid that erodes the enamel, which is actually the core of the teeth.
- Drinking soda can lead to many diseases
Insulin resistance: Eating a lot of sugar can make your cells resistant to the effect of insulin.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: Eating a soda that contains a lot of fructose can overburden your liver, turning the fructose into fat. Fat remains in the liver and causes nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Heart disease: Consuming drinks that contain a lot of sugar can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Just one drink per day can increase the risk of a heart attack by 20%.
Dementia: Researchers have found a link between dementia and increased blood sugar. Consuming too many sugary drinks impairs your memory which may eventually lead to Alzheimer’s disease.