According to the Global Market Information Database, the United States has by far the largest soda consumption in the world. Soda can be easily found, it's inexpensive and everyone is drinking it. Just because everyone is drinking it does not make it a good thing. It is easy to forget why it is so detrimental to our health so here are good some reminders.
Eight ounces of regular Pepsi contains 100 calories and 28g of carbohydrates (sugars). The ingredients are as listed; carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, sugar, phosphoric acid, caffeine, citric acid, natural flavor.
How often do we drink just one cup of soda? They typically come in 12 ounce cans. Perhaps a more common size is 20 ounces which has 16 teaspoons of sugar in it. In just one year, the average American drinks 45 gallon of sugary drinks!
Not only is there sugar in sodas, but it is quite common to see high fructose corn syrup. HFS is inexpensive to manufacture and is manufactured in a way that changes the sugar from glucose to fructose. This can be dangerous for diabetics as they test for their blood glucose. When fructose is consumed, is requires a different type of metabolic reaction and therefore does not stimulate insulin secretion. Studies have also shown that a diet high in HFS can interfere with the bodies ability to control appetite.
If you are trying to lose weight, forget about it! If you aren't burning off the calories and the extra sugar, it is stored as fat.
If you're thinking that diet soda is better, it's not. Aspartame and many artificial sweeteners are neurotoxins that pose serious health risks and also lead to obesity and further damage your blood glucose levels eventually leading to metabolic syndrome.
The high acid content of sodas causes the wearing down of your enamel, leading to tooth decay and cavities--an expensive consequence!
Do you take a multivitamin? Well then you better triple-up because soda leaches important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, and phosphoric acid from your body. These are important because they help keep our immunity high, while helping to prevent osteoporosis.
There are several more reasons to avoid but these are the "big ticket" reasons on why we should avoid soda.
Wondering what to drink now? Part two of this article will include healthy options and substitutes for soda, other than water.