by Melissa A. Bartoszewski, DC
November 23, 2012
Soda/pop/soft drinks, whatever you
choose to call it, is bad for you!
Food colorings, preservatives,
empty calories, obesity, yellow teeth, decreased bone density,
spikes in blood sugar and increased cancer risk are some negative
effects of drinking soda.
Why continue to drink this toxic
substance on a daily basis?
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS):
Cheap food/beverage sweetener from corn; increases appetite,
body fat and cholesterol
Aspartame: Found in diet sodas
and countless foods; breaks down into fomaldehyde
(carcinogen), increases appetite and causes weight gain.
Diet sodas contain aspartame, a neurotoxin, and recently
proven to increase your risk of developing cancer (lymphoma,
leukemia and multiple myeloma).
A 2012 study found,
"a positive association
between diet soda and total aspartame intake and risks
of NHL (non-Hodgkins Lymphoma), multiple myeloma in men
and leukemia in both men and women"
(Schernhammer, et al.,
A similar correlation was also
found with non-diet/regular sodas, NHL and multiple myeloma.
Potassium benzoate: Preservative
that can become carcinogenic
Caramel color: Man-made chemical
that is carcinogenic, used for coloring. Linked to thyroid,
lung, and liver cancers in laboratory animals
Sodium: High amounts in diet
soda; speculated to increase stroke risk
Phosphoric acid: Depletes
calcium and magnesium; lowers immunity and increases bone
Caffeine: In excess, can cause
an increase in heart rate, anxiety, nervousness, etc.
ingredients: Addictive and increase cravings
Asthma: Some people had chronic
reactions (rashes, asthma, eczema); the sodium benzoate
preservative in soft drinks may be to blame. Approximately
11 people (in the U.S.) die every day due to asthma; $18
billion dollars annually are spent on asthma in our
Kidney: High phosphoric acid can
contribute to kidney stones. Renal stones are more common in
white, overweight males.
Sugar: Blood sugar spikes after
20 minutes; creating an insulin rush, liver turns sugar into
fat; blood pressure rises, causes liver to put more sugar
into the bloodstream after 40 minutes. 45 minutes
post-ingestion, dopamine production increases, stimulating
the pleasure center of your brain ("physically the same way
Tooth enamel: Sugar/acid wear
away tooth enamel; causing tooth death, decay or abscesses.
Heart disease: HFCS increases
risk of developing metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure,
insulin resistance, belly fat, high cholesterol) and
therefore, cardiovascular disease.
Reproductive problems: Soda cans
contain BPA, a carcinogen that can cause reproductive issues
and endocrine problems.
Osteoporosis: Cola/diet cola
drinkers have lower bone mineral density and increased risk
of fractures. "Soft drinks contain phosphoric acid; a high
phosphate diet has been associated with bone breakdown and
an increased risk of osteoporosis. When phosphorus is
excreted in the urine, it takes calcium with it, depriving
the bones and the rest of the body this important mineral."
Obesity: Risk estimated to
increase by 1.6 times for each soda you drink; empty
calories cause weight gain. 70 percent of cardiovascular
disease is linked to obesity and 42 percent of breast and
colon cancers are also associated with obesity.
Diabetes: 80 percent increased
risk of developing Type II diabetes.
Stick to water
Soda is similar to cigarettes.
Yet, both are sold to the public,
purchased and consumed on a daily basis by the majority of our
Soda wreaks havoc on our bodies in multiple ways and can
cause serious, long-term, deadly effects. There is no benefit, nutritional or
otherwise, to drinking it.
All-natural soda is available at health food stores that contain
minimal, safe, ingredients if you must get your soda "fix," but
water is best. If you know something causes cancer, diabetes,
obesity, heart disease, bone loss, metabolic syndrome, etc., and in
no way benefits you, why would you continue to spend your money on
it, ingest it, and provide it for your children to consume?
Breaking the habit of drinking soda can
take some will-power, but it can be done.
Think before you drink...!