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Having become a normal part of household beverages and the fast food drink of choice, soda is a part of daily meals in America. Here, we'll cover the top 7 surprising reasons why you should give up soda completely.
Soda has become a part of the great American meal. Starting with coca-cola during the early 1900s, coke was advertised as a refreshing, exciting drink. A simple mix of carbonated water, sugar, and a few flavor chemicals, coke and several other companies offering soft drinks made their way into the homes and restaurants of Americans. Now, with obesity on the rise and the publication of research on the true long-term effects of these drinks, Americans are beginning to cut back.


3.    Increased incidence of diabetes

Type 2 diabetes has been on the rise in the USA, rates among adults and children has grown exceptionally fast. Type 2 diabetes occurs as a result of the pancreas essentially failing. In the past, this has rarely occured in children, as it is usually the result of a lifetime of unhealthy eating habits. However, with the rapid change in diet over the last 50 years, our bodies are unable to keep up.

Soda is often pointed to as the culprit. With the very high sugar content quickly reaching the blood, and the body constantly trying to regulate highs and lows in blood sugar levels, it eventually fails. Eating high GI (glycemic index) foods, one of which is refined sugar, is a quick way to develop diabetes. The good news is that type 2 diabetes can be controlled with a balanced diet. Once it is developed, the body will always have trouble using insulin to self regulate. However, eating low GI foods, balanced meals, and cutting out refined sugars can help to minimize the negative effects of diabetes.

4.    Addictive

Most of the most popular soft drink out there are addictive in one way or another. There are a few ways to become addicted to soft drinks; either as a result of the sugar, the caffeine, or other contents. First, many drinks contain caffeine. This causes an adrenaline rush, which can become addictive if repeated a few times. The body becomes dependent on the adrenaline rush to function, and often has trouble reaching those levels of alertness without it.

Second, sugar itself is addictive, as has been shown by a number of studies. When we consume high amounts of sugar in a short period of time, blood sugar spikes, then quickly dips to compensate. This compensation drops levels extremely low, causing us to crave more sugar to balance off once again. These are very typical ways in which soda has become an addiction to so many.

5.    Dangerous organ fat

New studies have shown that dangerous fat accumulation around the essential organs, including the liver, occurs as a result of regular consumption of drinks which contain high-fructose corn syrup. This is the sugar of choice for many sodas.

6.   Dangerous chemical use

In recent years, increasing research on the ingredients used in certain drinks, including mountain dew have shown shocking results. One of the chemicals used to bind the sugar and colour in mountain dew is known as a toxic flame retardant chemical. Millions of consumers each year, trusting the familiar brand, drink this toxic flame retardant unknowingly. Links between this and nerve damage have arisen, thanks to unbiased studies.

7. Long-term effects are a Mystery

Possibly more worrisome is that long term studies have never been done on all of the ways in which consuming soda regularly can effect health. These beverages have breezed right through FDA approval without taking full consideration for how the chemicals in the drinks will effect consumers 10 or 20 or 30 years down the road. Consuming just one drink of soda each day for 30 years adds up to a lot of sugar, caffeine, aspartame, and other chemicals.

  • “Diet Coke Surpases Pepsi to become No 2 Soda in US”. By The Associated Press. Published March 2011. Accessed April 2012. Retrieved from: http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2011-03-17-diet-coke-2.htm
  • “3 Surprising Reasons to Give up Soda” By Leah Zerbe. Published 2012. Accessed April 2012. Retrieved from: http://www.rodale.com/soda-health-problems
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