Although soda might be a decent thirst quencher, the simple fact is that soda has no health benefits. It has even been referred to as liquid candy.
Soda is a mix of sugar and empty calories that can lead to weight gain, obesity, and other health issues. Unfortunately, we in the United States are fatally attracted to soda.
Hard Effects of Soft Drinks
Added sugars amount to about one-sixth of our caloric intake.
More than one-third of these calories come from soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. One twenty ounce soda has about 227 calories, and one out of every four Americans gets at least 200 calories each day from sugared drinks. Many children are taking in over 300 calories per day from sugared beverages alone.
In addition to sugar, most soda in the United States contain high-fructose corn syrup. The majority of studies show them to be equivalent. Some research suggests that high-fructose corn syrup changes the body’s metabolism in ways that increase the possibility for heart disease or diabetes.
For those who have diabetes or are overweight, the first logical step is to eliminate soda.
More Bad News About Soda
Danish researchers have found that people who drank a regular soda daily for a six month period have a 132-142 percent increase in liver fat, a 117-221 percent increase in skeletal fat, and a thirty percent increase in triglyceride blood fats.
If you want to ride the soda fast lane, then Mountain Dew is your ticket. This soda contains an industrial chemical that is used as a flame retardant in plastics. This chemical has been associated with memory loss and nerve disorder if consumed in large quantities. It is suspected that when the chemical builds up in body fat it may contribute to behavioral problems, infertility, and lesions on the heart muscle, as well. Read, “Our Food is Killing Us.”
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