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. But drinking soda is bad for your health in so many ways; science can’t even state all the consequences.
So how bad is soda?
In 2006, the Framingham Osteoporosis Study examined the bone mineral density (BMD) of 1413 women and 1125 men. It found that daily cola intake was associated with significantly lower BMD in the hips of women, which are much more prone to bone loss than men. Another study suggests that drinking 330 mg of caffeine, or about four cups of coffee can cause bone loss . Caffeine is thought to interfere with calcium absorption and lead to calcium loss through urine.
So, if you suffer from osteoporosis, are over the age of 50 or have a condition which impairs nurient absorption (such as Crohn’s disease), you should avoid soda at all cost.
Here are additional reasons why you should quit soda :
- Caffeine– Most sodas contain caffeine, which has been linked to certain cancers, breast lumps, irregular heart beat, high blood pressure, and other problems
- The Water– The water used in soda is just simple tap water and can contain chemicals like chlorine, fluoride and traces of heavy metals.
- 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.
- Bad for the teeth– Drinking soda regularly causes plaque to build up on the teeth and can lead to cavities and gum disease.
- Sugar: It is a proven fact that sugar increase insulin levels, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, premature aging and many more negative side effects. Most sodas include over 100 percent of the RDA of sugar.