Soda is one of the popular beverages in North America. However, with its high sugar and caffeine content, it may be one of the unhealthiest drinks.
A typical can of soda contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 140 calories, and 40 mg of caffeine. Plus it is filled with artificial flavorings, colorings, and sulphites. The average American will drink about 56 gallons of soda in a year, so you can imagine the damaging effects soda can have to the body.
Soda has virtually no nutritional value, and is instead a glass of sugar and empty calories. Soda consumption has been linked to osteoporosis, obesity, oral problems, and heart disease. Despite all of this, soda is still one quarter of all drinks consumer in America.
It is teenagers and children that are the largest group of consumers, which is why many soda companies target advertising to them specidifically. This is a dangerous trend as well, because studies show that unhealthy drinking habits as a child often lead to adulthood illnesses, diabetes, and obesity. With teenagers drinking three to five cans of soda a day, the likelihood for sickly adults in the future is great.
The previous number should be of no surprise sense soda is addictive and is easily accessible. Soda venders and machines are everywhere — in schools, sporting events, and parks so it is readily available to children and teenagers. Many parents and health officials campaign for soda machine removal, but truth be told, schools profit from having the vending machines in them.
Here is a look at some of the ingredients of a typical soda.
Phosphoric Acid interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium which can lead to brittle bones, weak teeth, and osteoporosis. Phosphoric acid can also interfere with digestion, making it difficult the body to process nutrients and vitamins. May interfere with the body’s ability to use calcium, which can lead to osteoporosis or softening of the teeth and bones. Phosphoric acid also neutralizes the hydrochloric acid in your stomach, which can interfere with digestion, making it difficult to utilize nutrients.
Sugar is a major component of soda. In fact, soda companies are the largest consumer of refined sugar in America. Unrefined sugar has been proven to raise blood sugar levels, lead to high blood pressure, and increase one’s chances of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Aspartame is a sugar substitute in diet soda. There have been several studies that have found over 92 health side effects from this chemical including birth defects, diabetes, seizures, and depression. Aspartame has also been linked to certain types of cancers.
Caffeine in sodas can cause jitters, restlessness, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol. It is also linked to vitamin and mineral depletion, meaning that even the good foods that one eats will not be absorbed properly.
Soda consumption is a major health risk in the United States. People need to understand its devastating effects before the unthinkable happens. Instead, more people can benefit from juice, teas, and water for their hydration needs.