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5 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda

5 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda

by Starr Long - December 20, 2016

Carbonated soft drinks are the most consumed beverage in the United States with the average American drinking as much as 44.7 gallons each year. Whether you call it “soda,” “pop,” “soda pop,” “Coke,” or something else entirely, it’s a good idea to stop drinking it once and for all. Here’s why:

1. Soda is expensive. Let’s say you’re paying $1.20 for a bottle of soda. If you drink two a day, you have spent about $876 per year. Keep in mind you have received no value for your money spent as soda has no nutritional value.

2. Soda puts on pounds. Some research suggests that soda, even diet soda, can actually make you feel more hungry due to the artificial sweeteners that signal the brain to crave extra food. This can make losing weight a lot more difficult. In addition, according to a study by the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, diet soda actually enhances weight gain by as much as 41 percent.

3. Soda increases your risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. A study published by the ADA revealed daily consumption of soda was associated with a 36% greater risk of developing metabolic syndrome and a 67% greater relative risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A study published by the American Association for Cancer Research found that people who drank two or more soft drinks a week had an 87% increased risk of pancreatic cancer when compared to individuals that consume no soft drinks.

4. Soda is addictive and won’t quench your thirst. Along with the high sugar content, caffeine is another main ingredient in many soda brands. These two chemicals are the perfect storm for a lifelong addiction to carbonated drinks. Soda can also make you more thirsty. The caffeine acts as a diuretic and the sugar interferes with your body’s ability to absorb fluids.

5. Soda is harmful to your bones and teeth. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found an association between soda consumption in women and bone mineral loss. People who drink soda may be at a greater risk of bone injuries. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, the citric or phosphoric acid found in soda can cause tooth erosion which makes your teeth more vulnerable to rot.

Next time you pop the top for that sugar-filled soda, stop and think about the potential consequences. Is risking your health and well-being really worth it?

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