You probably already know that soda is bad for you, but do you know how bad?
Sodas are the most popular drink in America. This beverage of choice has contributed to higher rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and many other life altering ailments.
Here are just a few of the reasons soda is killing you.
- It will make you fat. Studies have shown that those who drink as little as a can or more of soda per da
- y are about a third more likely to be overweight.
- The high amount of sugar increases risk of diabetes. The number of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes has tripled in the US over the last 30 years. It is no coincidence that soda consumption has more than doubled in the same period.
- It is also about what you’re not drinking. When you reach for a high-calorie soda, you are also not reaching for a water, juice or green tea. The choices we make affect us more than one way.
- Dehydration. The sugar and added caffeine in soda act as a diuretic and can actually dehydrate you and leave you feeling thirstier.
- It weakens your bones. Most colas contain phosphoric acid, which along with caffeine can suck the calcium out of your bones, leaving them more brittle and frail.
- Wasted calories. At about 150 calories for a 12 ounce soda, you are not just getting calories, but calories with zero nutritional value.
- Money. The average person spends over $200 each year on soda. This may not seem like much, but what are you actually getting for that money??
So, should you stop drinking soda altogether? Yes!
If this is too tall of an order to jump right into, try switching one of your daily sugar giants with something healthy. You will see that you actually have more energy and feel better and more hydrated. From here, you can see that putting the lid on sodas once and for all may not be as hard as it seems.