Although everyone knows that drinking soda has many health risks, people continue consuming the sugar-filled beverage. Did you know that more than 75 billion dollars worth of soda is sold every year? This led to increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, tooth decay etc.
Wondering whether to drink that can of soda? Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t.
1. Soda causes fat gain
Drinking non-diet soda can lead to an increase of fat buildup around the skeletal muscles and liver. This leads to diabetes. One Danish study shows that people who drank ordinary soda, every day for 6 months, had an increased liver fat, triglyceride blood fat, skeletal fat and increased cholesterol.
2. Soda can cause osteoporosis
All sodas, regular and diet, contain phosphoric acid or phosphates, compounds that improve the soda’s shelf life. Too much phosphoric acid can cause muscle loss, kidney problems, osteoporosis and can accelerate the aging process. It can also cause bone loss while the caffeine can interfere with the calcium absorption. Drinking too much soda can decrease your bone density and increase the risk of getting osteoporosis.
3. Soda contains cancer causing additives
Many sodas contain artificial caramel coloring. This coloring contains 2 compounds that are known to cause cancer in animals. One research shows that only 16 micrograms of these compounds are enough for cancer threat. The shocking part is that one bottle of cola contains 200 micrograms.
4. Soda can cause your teeth to decay
Kids and adults that drink too much soda are called “Mountain Dew Mouth”. This name was invented by dentists which explain that people who consume a lot of soda end up with a mouth filled with decaying teeth. Soda contains citric acid that erodes the enamel, which is actually the core of the tooth.
5. Drinking soda can lead to many diseases
Insulin resistance: Too much sugar can make your cells become resistant to the effects of insulin.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: Consuming soda, which contains a lot of fructose can overload your liver, which will turn the fructose into fat. The fat remains in the liver and causes a non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Heart Disease: Consuming drinks that contain too much sugar can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Just one drink per day can increase the risk of having a heart attack by 20%.
Dementia: Researchers have found a link between dementia and an increase in blood sugar. Consuming a lot of sugary drinks impairs your memory which can eventually lead to Alzheimer’s.
Type 2 diabetes: Drinking one can of soda per day can increase the risk of getting type 2 diabetes.