Ten Reasons to Avoid Drinking Soda

Ten Reasons to Avoid Drinking Soda

The average American drinks approximately 56 GALLONS of soda a year. Some people even admit to drinking more soda than water each day, or no water at all. Soft drinks are a multi-billion dollar product, and they account for a quarter of all drinks consumed in the United States.  With Americans consuming this large amount of soft drinks each year, it becomes important to evaluate how soft drinks can influence a person’s health. With a little research, it becomes clear that even moderate consumption of soda can be dangerous.

Ten Reasons to Avoid Soft Drink Consumption:

  1. A single can of soda contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar. This amount of sugar, especially in liquid form, skyrockets the blood sugar and causes an insulin reaction in the body. Over time, this can lead to diabetes or insulin resistance, not to mention weight gain and other health problems. Soft drink companies are the largest user of sugar in the country.
  2. Soda contains phosphoric acid, which interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium and can lead to osteoporosis, cavities and bone softening. Phosphoric Acid also interacts with stomach acid, slowing digestion and blocking nutrient absorption.
  3. In diet sodas, aspartame is used as a substitute for sugar, and can actually be more harmful. It has been linked to almost a hundred different health problems including seizures, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, diabetes, and emotional disorders. It converts to methanol at warm temperatures and methanol breaks down to formaldehyde and formic acid. Diet sodas also increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, which causes belly fat, high blood sugar and raised cholesterol.
  4. Most sodas contain caffeine, which has been linked to certain cancers, breast lumps, irregular heart beat, high blood pressure, and other problems.
  5. The water used in soda is just simple tap water and can contain chemicals like chlorine, fluoride and traces of heavy metals.
  6. Harvard researchers have recently positively linked soft drinks to obesity. The study found that 12 year olds who drank soda were more likely to be obese than those who didn’t, and for each serving of soda consumed daily, the risk of obesity increased 1.6 times.
  7. Sodas contain High Fructose Corn Syrup, which obviously comes from corn. Most of this corn has been genetically modified, and there are no long term studies showing the safety of genetically modified crops, as genetic modification of crops has only been around since the 1990s. Also, the process of making High Fructose Corn Syrup involves traces of mercury, which causes a variety of long term health problems.
  8. There is absolutely no nutritional value in soda whatsoever. Not only are there many harmful effects of soda, but there are not even any positive benefits to outweigh them.  Soda is an unnatural substance that harms the body.
  9. Because of the high sugar, sodium and caffeine content in soda, it dehydrates the body and over a long period of time can cause chronic dehydration.
  10. Drinking soda regularly causes plaque to build up on the teeth and can lead to cavities and gum disease.

Do you drink soda? If so, how much?

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Reader Comments

  1. Timothy Eastwood says

    It doesn’t just cause plaque buildup! Drinking sodas and other sugary beverages weaken the enamel by attracting bacteria into your teeth. Drinking these kinds of beverages leaves sugar in your teeth for the bacteria to feed on, making your teeth brittle – which will later, make it susceptible to cavities and decay, along with other tooth and gum diseases.

    • Tamarah says

      Glad to see mention of the damage soft drinks do to our teeth’s enamel. I have been suffering from extreme and painful teeth sensitivity and I believe it is a result of my bad soda drinking habits. I also believe the acid and chemicals in soda has caused tremendous bone and joint pains all over my body. Doing a blood purifier / cleanse right now to clean my blood of whatever chemicals are in my body from soda and other stuff.

  2. Merry says

    I’m showing the artificial sweetener part of this to someone, can you give me a link to the studies about all the problems it causes? Thanks!

  3. Angie D says

    I’m totally down for not drinking soda, for most if not all of these reasons, but I do occasionally like a little caffeine. In the morning I drink black tea with honey, but in the afternoon I sometimes need a little boost and don’t want to prepare a hot drink. At the moment I’m using Mio-type water additives because they are both cost-effective and I can add them to my own water (instead of whatever the company is using). Unfortunately, most of them contain Yellow#5 and other unnatural colorants and preservatives and I’d like to get away from that. I found Steaz energy drinks, which are great, but I don’t want to drink that much all at once. I’m looking for a natural, low-dosage caffeine additive that I can spike into my water (or even a powder for the same purpose) for the 1pm slump. Does anyone have any ideas?

    • Jessica Evans says

      You could try matcha (green tea powder). Possibly adding your choice of milk and or honey/stevia to make it into an iced latte. Milk seems to make it less bitter. I use to like putting it in yogurt.

  4. Howard says

    BTW fluoride is HORRABLE for you, notice it is in your tooth paste that is why on the tube of it it clearly states DO NOT SWALLOW / EAT

  5. Ana says

    Understandably- why the academics resist any treatment with soda. Because all pharmaceutical companies would lose billions if people do not buy their drugs.

  6. Wendy Bottrell says

    I used to drink tons of both regular soda and diet soda! All I can say is I felt horrible all the time. It has been almost twenty years since I have had a soft drink and happy to say it was one of the first steps I took on my journey to wellness. Thanks for the reminder at how horrible they are for our health and well being. Best Regards, Wendy

  7. Brandy Lynn says

    My husband drinks a 2 liter of diet mt dew almost everyday and drinks 0 oz of water. He’s not fat whatsoever so he sees no side effects for himself.

    When I tell him that he needs to drink water, he just tells me that he gets his water from his soda.

    I’ve probably had at most 5 cups of soda in my 29 years of life so I don’t know what I can say to get him to stop. Until he gsins weight, I don’t think he’ll care.

  8. Evelyn says

    Great info! I haven’t touched a Pepsi or equiv for a month now plus I’ve lost 10 lbs on a health centrered diet. Yes, let’s watch the fluoride in products too….

  9. ben cheserek says

    I work with a soda bottling company in Kenya in Water treatment department, I can assure you that the water used in bottling soda is completely de-ionized otherwise they would not last for long. Other chemicals are harmful

  10. Jane s says

    Im wondering if plain soda water or sparkling mineral water is ok? It’s what we drink when a slice of lemon or fresh mint etc… Just checking this is ok

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