Many of us spend hours to maintain our fitness, choose the healthiest food for our diet, but are we really drinking healthy?? Research proves that an Average American drinks approximately 56 gallons of soda a year. For some of us, soda is a substitute for water. Its consumption has grown almost 25% as compared to the last year. 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.
Knowing the side effects of soda may help you kick the CAN for good.
- Kidney Problems – Contains high level of Phosphoric acid leading to Kidney Stones.
- Increased risk of Diabetes – A single can of soda contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar.
- Obesity – The risk of obesity increases 1.6 times with every additional unit of soda consumed.
- Osteoporosis – Contains Phosphoric acid and a high phosphate diet is linked with bone breakdown and hence increases the risk of Osteoporosis.
- Reproductive Issues – Soda Cans contains BPA (Bisphenyl-A) that is a cancer causing chemical, causing premature puberty and reproductive abnormalities.
- Heart Diseases – Contain high Fructose Corn Syrup that is associated with metabolism disorders leading to diabetes and heart diseases.
- Tooth Decay – Contains Acid and Sugar which Dissolves Tooth Enamel. Drinking soda regularly causes plaque to build up on the teeth and can lead to cavities and gum disease.
- Asthma, Rash and Eczema – Sodium Benzoate that is used as a preservative in sodas reduces the availability of potassium in the body. Some reported reactions to Sodium Benzoate include rash, asthma and skin inflammation.
- Most sodas contain Caffeine, which has been linked to certain cancers, breast lumps, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, and other problems.