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9 Reasons To Quit Drinking Soda

posted 26 Sept 2010, 03:18 by Mpelembe   [ updated 26 Sept 2010, 03:20 ]

In recent years, people have become more health conscious,
putting sodas under attack. Research studies have indicated
problems of drinking soft drinks, many being health related.
Here are nine reasons why it is a good idea to avoid soft

1. Sodas have absolutely no nutritional value. They are
simply filtered water and sugar, and yet the average
American consumes about 57 gallons of soda.

2. Drinking soft drinks causes weight gain because of the
extra calories in them. With just one 330ml can a day, one
can easily gain one pound each month. Studies show that
those who drink sodas are 1.6 times more at risk of becoming
obese. Furthermore, this obesity increases chances of
developing diabetes because the body is no longer able to
process the sugar being consumed. Experts believe the
increase in diabetics from 6.6 million in the 1980s to 20.8
million today is mainly a result of drinking soda on a
regular basis.

3. Soda can lead to weakened bones and higher risk of
osteoporosis. Calcium is an important component that makes
up bones and teeth, and it definitely cannot be found in
soda. Soda may even cause the loss of calcium and weaken the
bones even further. The acidity in soda causes more tooth
decay and leads to sensitive teeth.

4. Soft drinks can cause kidney damage and kidney stones,
particularly those who drink it on a regular basis. Drinking
more than two sodas per day causes one to be twice as likely
to generate chronic kidney disease. Drinking non-cola
beverages do not seem to exhibit the same damage.

5. Soda is high in high fructose corn syrup, which can
escalate one's blood pressure. According to recent studies,
consuming about 4 sodas a day can cause a rate of borderline
high blood pressure.

6. Research suggests a high intake of soda can lead to
cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver
and poor liver function as a result of chronic liver
disease. This is usually common among chronic alcoholics.

7. The intake of soft drinks causes dehydration, which
subsequently triggers a higher intake. The sugar and
caffeine in colas will only make the body thirstier.

8. Caffeine in soft drinks causes restlessness, tension,
insomnia, high blood pressure, irritability, excessive
urination, irregular heartbeats, gastrointestinal
disturbances, and more.

9. Diet soft drinks are not better off than regular soda.
Artificial sweeteners, especially Aspartame, are known to be
a very harmful ingredient in foods and beverages. There are
over 92 possible side effects from these artificial
sweeteners that are used in diet sodas.

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