Soda is a beverage that millions of Americans drink daily for pleasure or enjoyment. Many people think nothing of consuming several cans of it daily. Because of their often high caffeine and sugar content, chronically tired, over scheduled people rely on these drinks for a boost at all times of the day. In fact, the average American drinks over 50 gallons of soda every year. However, this temporary high inevitably leads to a disappointing crash every time, as there is absolutely nothing about soda that brings any benefits to the human body whatsoever.
Soda is not only devoid of nutrition, it causes great harm and damage to your health. It is an addiction, much like smoking cigarettes, and has similarly devastating effects.
Here are 4 reasons you should reconsider drinking soft drinks of any kind.
1. Soda leads to weight and fat gain
This may be obvious, but the high sugar content in soft drinks contribute greatly to increased obesity and body fat. So if you are trying to lose weight, then drinking soda in any quantity is the worst habit you could have.
2. Soda increases your risk of cancer
Because it is an artificially manufactured beverage, soda contains a great number of chemicals that have been proven to have carcinogenic values, such as food coloring, aspartame, etc. There are 200 mcg of caramel food coloring in many 20 oz bottles of soft drinks, when the upper limit per day is supposed to be 16 mcg per day
3. Soda can give you diabetes.
Because of its high sugar levels, soda will keep your insulin at a chronically high level, leading to insulin resistance over time. This could lead to full blown type 2 diabetes, as many studies have proven.
4. Soda can lead to development of asthma
While this fact is not as well known, there is research that shows that drinking a large quantity of soda a day brings with it a high risk of asthma, as well as other respiratory conditions.
If you’re addicted to the taste of soda, is there any alternative? Yes – you can actually make your own healthier sodas. Try mixing carbonated water with your favorite fruit juice, or squeezing lime or lemon and adding a natural sweetener such as agave nectar or honey to carbonated water. It will still taste great, but you will skip out on all the unhealthy stuff that comes with soft drinks!