Ten Reasons to Avoid 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.

10 Reasons to Avoid Drinking Soda

  1. The Sugar! – 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. Phosphoric Acid -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. Artificial Sweeteners– 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. Caffeine– 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– The water used in soda is just simple tap water and can contain chemicals like chlorine, fluoride and traces of heavy metals.
  6. Obesity– 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. Extra Fructose– 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. Lack of Nutrients– 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. Dehydration– 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. Bad for the teeth– Drinking soda regularly causes plaque to build up on the teeth and can lead to cavities and gum disease.

Healthy Alternatives to Soda

I’ve heard that it can be really difficult for those who consume soda daily to just stop drinking it. This actually makes sense when you think about how soda affects the body and creates positive feedback loops thanks to its sugar content.

If you’re a soda drinker and are looking for some healthy alternatives, here are a few suggestions:

  • Club soda flavored with a squeeze of fresh fruit juice or some fresh ginger root
  • Homemade water kefir– this has the same fizz and sweetness but with a boost of probiotics!
  • Kombucha– Like kefir, you can make this at home and it is naturally fizzy and packed with vitamins

Bottom Line

Soda may taste good and it certainly seem to have some addictive properties (ask any self-proclaimed Diet Coke addict!) but the bottom line is that soda isn’t healthy in any amount and there is absolutely no reason or justification for consuming it.

Sure, some will argue that anything in moderation is ok, and in most cases, I’d agree. When it comes to soda, the amount of sugar and additives is so high that I don’t think “moderation” even exists, and it certainly doesn’t exist in the 20 ounce or larger bottles that are so common.

We are talking about a substance that is often consumed in place of water (which most of us don’t drink enough of), contains no nutrients or beneficial properties whatsoever, and is packed with sugar and artificial additives that make it harmful.

Just stop drinking soda…your health with thank you!

Do you drink soda? If so, how much?

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  1. 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.

    • 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.

      • There is no blood purifier that cleans chemicals . Check it once it’s a myth . There is no detox

      • I’m right there with you. I poured the rest of my two liter coke down the sink.

    • I think the main problem that soda can cause on your teeth, on top of the ones already mentioned, is that the acidity on carbonated drinks cause enamel erosion. This applies to sugar free drinks, and even to fizzy water.
      You see on people who drink soda regularly that the cusps on their molars disappears and the enamel is generally thinner.
      If ever drinking anything other than plain water, better to stick to meal times, when your saliva will neutrilise the acid.

    • if you put a lost tooth at a soda for 2 days when you come back the tooth melted

  2. 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. Thanks for the info! What is your take on “natural” sodas?

  4. 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?

    • 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.

    • What about ice tea with a packet of stevia sweetener?

  5. thanks for the advise from today i will think twice before taking a soda

  6. 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

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

  8. Are the Stevia sweetened soda ok?

    • I’m still not a fan… There are many other reasons to avoid soda besides the type and amount of sugar contained therein.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

    • Mountain dew along with most orange sodas contain brominated vegetable oil which has a series of dangers in itself. It is illegal in most countries to use in food it causes heart conditions ext. (It’s used in firemen’s attire because its a flame retardant l. I encourage you to research this.

  11. 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….

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. what can be added to make it nutritive..

  15. Just stopped drinking it 2 months ago

  16. to say that one cannot purify the system or detox is totally irresponsible, the Myth is that you cannot do this, not that you can. . Those of you that want to do this please continue. im witness to its great results

  17. I’m writing a paper on the health effects of soft drinks. It sure would be nice if citations were used. The whole article could be entirely fictitious. Where did you get your information???

    • This is an older post and I actually have it on my list to add sources but I find it humorous that of all of my posts, this is the one you doubt. Which reasons specifically do you disagree with?

  18. is root beer a soda?

  19. I have been an avid soda drinker my whole life, 22 years, I have also participated in athletic activities my whole life and I have never seen a bad side effect.
    The body does need sugar btw which means that the soda would provide one thing the body needs. It is a lot of sugar however, but did you research show for the kids who are obese that drink soda how much they go to McDonalds or some other fast food place where soda is consumed the most? Because they might be getting obese from that instead of the soda, although it doesn’t help. Also video games and lazy kids tend to drink soda, active kids that do don’t have the same problem, so it is more their lifestyle that is the real problem.
    I do agree with diet soda being bad for you, I laugh whenever I see an obese person drinking one thinking that it won’t hurt them, but honestly they should just stay away from anything and everything all together.
    Lastly, the detox is in physical activities, sweat the bad stuff out of your system.

  20. Since drinking sodas affects the health, why should scientist drink it?

  21. I made the liquid laundry soap with a lemon essential oil for scent (used more oil than the recipe called for because I think lemon smells so fresh) anyway’s it turned out great and smells good in the bottle but I can’t smell the lemon scent on the finished garments at all. Any suggestions?

  22. My concern is that there is no any way how soda can be made so nutritive such that people can drink it with one heart?why is it that it is made out of dangerous substances only.

  23. i left sodas two years back but the weast is still paining me why?

  24. how can i avoid drinking sodas?

    • at least reduce it , then you can avoid it

  25. I cut soda out of my diet in an attempt to lose weight. It didn’t work and I actually gained weight. I added Coke back to my diet and no joke I saw the weight just come off because I had a lot more energy and can now run for miles a day (my problem when I gained weight was I wasn’t exercising enough). I’ve dropped 30 pounds and my bmi is now low. I know people say soda is bad but it’s hard for me to see it since I’ve so much success losing weight while drinking Coke.

  26. Wow, not one source cited in this entire article. While it is obvious to most that drinking soda is correlated with an unhealthy lifestyle, simply attributing all aspects of an unhealthy life to soda is implying causation and is an appalling representation of science and is wholly irresponsible. While I do agree that the aspartame found in diet sodas are dangerous, due to a number of European studies that have found them to be so, the implication that high fructose corn syrup is dangerous simply because it comes from genetically altered corn is fearmongering. Sure, there are no long-term studies proving it’s safe, but there are also no studies that even remotely suggest that it is dangerous. Not one. Despite countless millions spent by the corporations that benefit from “natural” foods to fund those studies. People are realizing this, which is why Whole Foods profits are dropping like non-GMO crops in the wake of a blight.

    • Actually, Zach, several studies have linked soda consumption to a number of health problems. You can google this yourself. the Harvard school of public health has a handy reference. I’m not putting a link in because it slows the time it takes my comment to get posted. Katie stated in an earlier comment that this is an early post and she has flagged it for needing more citations, which she will add when she has time. In the meantime, you can do the research yourself. The studies certainly exist.
      Furthermore, I can’t resist calling you out on your misguided comments on Whole Foods. Yes, WFM is struggling with dropping sales, but it’s not because organic foods are less popular, it’s because they are MORE popular. WFM is facing with stiff competition from stores like Walmart and Costco, which have started offering more organic healthy options because of the STAGGERING DEMAND. In fact, Aldi, an extremely popular and ever-growing grocery discount store, has just recently pledged to remove synthetic colors, partially hydrogenated oils, and added MSG from all of its products. This is a business decision from a place that is geared toward profit. You are absolutely wrong about the market trend in grocery purchases. Are you a college econ student? Keep studying, bro.

  27. Even in moderation it’s bad for you? Oh please… Seems like anything and everything will make you fat, kill you, or give you cancer. Does any of this information even come from credible sources? A perfectly healthy individual will not be considered “unhealthy” just because he/she decides to drink a soda every now and then. People are less healthy these days because they don’t exercise, eat whatever the flip they want, and don’t give a crap about their health. I exercise daily and consume 2,000 calories a day, I feel perfectly healthy, and I don’t plan on dropping soda just because everybody keeps trying to tell me that it’ll kill me. There is no single contributor to poor health. It’s too bad so many people are so quick to believe everything they read.

  28. My teacher drinks pop but she’s not fat.

  29. The Harvard Study is mainly focused on the effects of “sugary” Drinks.
    I don’t think anyone will argue that excessive consumption of sugar can have many negative effects.

  30. Soda isn’t healthy. I stop using it because I felt ulcers-like feeling in my body. People should learn that soda is nothing but just poison.

  31. Hi,

    I would like to share my personal experiences with Coke / Pepsi. I agree, undoubtedly, that they both have great tastes. But that does not absolve them of the harm they induce to our bodies. I have been a regular Coke / Pepsi drinker till a few years back, when I totally went off them or any of the Dark Drinks. I am an IT person and so was used to them and various other Sodas, while working long hours. Sometimes due to taste, and sometimes due to just wanting something cold and refreshing (though now I am sure they were definitely not refreshing). Being a little rotund, I used to avoid the Sugar laden varieties of the Sodas and used to have Diet Sodas or the ones that are also Caffeine free. Also, the Carbon Dioxide content was unintelligently used as a Burp inducing agent. Usually, I would have about 1 can of either Coke/Pepsi or some other drink. They still seemed to affect me, negatively. Over the years all the Dark Sodas that I had (even the ones without sugar) seemed to have cleansed my complete digestive system, not only of the Bad bacteria, but also the Good bacteria (that are actually needed for proper digestion). The result was a near collapse of my bowel movements, with me frequenting the Restroom many times a day. A Gastroenterologist suggested Probiotic treatment with capsules containing more than 100 billion good bacteria each, twice a day, for a few weeks. Only, after such a treatment was I able to regain some of my health. I have them even today, occasionally, when I feel uneasy. This made me reflect on what had transpired. Irrespective of whether the Soda had sugar or not, it still seemed to harm my Digestive Tract. Slowly, when I actually researched on the various Ingredients of Coke and Pepsi and other Dark drinks, a common component (that may actually be the culprit) came to light: Phosphoric Acid (or Phosphates). This compound is the one mainly responsible for completely clearing out my digestive tract and the sorry state of affairs for me. During my research I came to know that Phosphoric Acid is responsible for Gastro problems, reducing the density of bones and teeth, kidney problems, onset of diabetes and blurred vision, to name a few. As a joke, some of my friends even said that publicly Coke / Pepsi have been used as Toilet cleaners or to clean rust (YouTube has videos on them).

    I appeal to everyone around the world to reduce their intake of the Dark drinks, if not shun them totally. They all shall remain healthier all their lives.

    Best Regards,
    From India (having stayed in the US for more than 5 years)

    • Salutations Ruchir! You write English extremely well, and I would have never guessed that English wasn’t your first language if you didn’t write so at the end of your comment. I am so glad to hear that you realized what those drinks were doing to you, and you were able to quit. My tummy is also in turmoil, better than it used to be, but still in bad shape. What I have been using to correct it is Kefir. It is a yogurt smoothie type drink- no dairy so it is good for those who are lactose intolerant. It has 12 different probiotics, more than any other drink or yogurt. I drink half a bottle a day, and it has changed my life, no exaggeration. After drinking this everyday for a few weeks straight, I feel like a different person. Generally I am nauseous almost all the time without drinking Kefir, and it is hard for me to eat normally. Then if I don’t eat due to nausea my stomach is in a great deal of pain. When that happens, all I can stomach is the Kefir drink, and that heals me enough so that I can start eating again. Unfortunately it is a little over $3 a bottle, which is a little expensive. But I have also gone days where all I consumed was a bottle of Kefir and some water, so it evens out.
      My mom drank a 2liter bottle of Diet Coke everyday for more than a decade. She had every symptom of aspartame toxicity you could get, except cancer, for years. I kept showing her documents and studies and anything I could find to try and get her to stop drinking that poison. She didn’t drink alcohol, didn’t smoke anything, she exercised, she ate vegetables ect., yet she ended up with a fast acting aggressive cancer that went from her colon to her lymph nodes to her spine, until she was in so much pain she decided to write the DNR(do not resuscitate) and have the hospice fill her up with pain meds. Pain meds that she never took before, even after back surgery and broken bones. She was in so much pain, even though she hated drugs- she was all too willing to take the morphine and wait to die. The cancer she got at 59, dead by 60. Colon cancer- which happens to be a side effect of aspartame toxicity, as is osteoporosis, arthritis, ulcers, migraines, depression, anxiety, insomnia, brain fog, skin breakouts, weight gain, ect.
      Unfortunately, she did not believe me. She was one of those people who truly trusted the government, and she trusted the FDA. She couldn’t accept the fact that there was info being kept from the public, and she just refused to believe that the FDA and our government would allow something on the market that was that harmful. Of course she drank a 2liter a day, which is much more than what is recommended. A lot of people give me the argument, “Well, everything gives you cancer”, when I try to tell others what I have learned. The thing is, that is a ridiculous argument. Not everything gives you cancer, and plenty of food items are cancerous, that will make you sick if you consume them. The more you consume them, the bigger the chance you will get sick. I think if she even just had a few cans of diet coke a week(rather than the daily 2liter), she would still be alive. Aspartame promotes tumor growth, yet another thing I tried desperately to get through her head. After she was on chemo for the cancer, she finally switched from Diet Coke to…….Fresca. Fresca, which also has aspartame in it. She wouldn’t believe me, she wouldn’t even look into it herself. And now she is dead. All because she was stubborn and too trusting of the FDA and soda/food corporations. If she trusted me, she would be alive today.
      Anyways, I am glad you get it, and are willing to make the changes necessary to be healthy. You are doing the right thing, I know you know you are just by the difference in how you feel. It really does harm, soda in general and the aspartame, or any fake sugar really. I wish more people would take a good hard look into all of this. I wish more people would just experiment on themselves and quit drinking it for a few months just to see the difference. My body feels 10x better than it did. My teeth feel better, my skin looks better, and I am not getting all the bone aches I used to get while drinking soda.
      There was a girl who commented on here about how she quit drinking Coke, and then didn’t have any energy and gained weight, so she started drinking it again. She didn’t know that you have to stop drinking it longer than a week or two for the body to completely detox from it. The lack of caffeine was probably what made her lethargic and hungrier, and if she just stuck it out, drank some tea in place of the soda, she would have known what we know, lol.
      Take care of yourself, and many blessings to you

  32. I drink nothing but Pepsi I believe it’s the 16 oz bottles 3 in morning 4 in afternoon and 3 in evening. I don’t drink water and I can’t stop!

  33. I propose that all companies who are manufacturers of sodas be forced by the authorities in line to take responsibilities and start wellness centers, or otherwise where people like Susie and others can be educated on how to detox from it.