Despite mounting evidence linking soda to serious health issues, such as diabetes, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease, this drink is still the most widely consumed beverage on the planet. Only in America, over $75 billion worth of soda is sold annually. Read on and find out how soda can affect your overall health.
1. Soda Can Lead to Osteoporosis
To start with, all sodas, including regular and diet ones, are filed with phosphates or phosphoric acid which improve their flavor and extend their shelf life. Although phosphoric acid is found in a number of whole foods, excessive intake has been linked to heart and kidney problems, muscle loss, osteoporosis, and accelerated aging. Excessive levels of phosphoric acid also deplete calcium levels causing bone loss. In addition, the caffeine in soda affects proper calcium absorption in the body. In this way, soda reduces bone density and increases the risk of osteoporosis.
2. Soda Causes Fat Gain
A Danish study found that regular consumption of non-diet soda results in significant increases in fat accumulation around the liver and skeletal muscles. Both are risk factors for insulin resistance and diabetes. The results of the study concluded that regular soda consumption every day for six months lead to increased liver fat, skeletal fat, triglyceride blood fat and other organ fat, along with an 11% increase of blood cholesterol.
3. Soda Contains Cancer-Causing Additives
The brown color in most sodas comes from artificial caramel coloring, which is a popular additive containing two contaminants: 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, both of which have been linked to cancer in animals. According to California’s strict Proposition 65 list of chemicals, known carcinogens, only 16 micrograms a day of 4-methylimidazole is a cancer threat. The alarming thing is that most popular brown colas, both diet and regular, contain 200 micrograms of this substance per 20 oz bottle.
4. Soda Causes Tooth Decay
Excessive consumption of soda leads to tooth decay, both in children and adults. In addition, the citric acid in soda damages the tooth enamel and eventually the dentin – the core of the tooth.
5. Soda Leads to Disease
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Sugary drinks are loaded with fructose, which overburdens the liver, which turns the fructose into fat. This fat buildup eventually results in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Insulin Resistance: Excessive sugar intake can lead to cell resistance to insulin. This makes the pancreas produce even more insulin to remove the glucose from the bloodstream, increasing insulin levels and triggering insulin resistance.
Type 2 Diabetes: A single can of soda a day increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Heart Disease: Regular consumption of soda can increase some of the main risk factors for cardiovascular disease. In fact, just one sugary drink a day causes a 20% higher risk of suffering or dying from a heart attack.
Dementia: Increased blood sugar has also been linked to an increased risk of dementia, a number of studies have confirmed. Excessive intake of sugary drinks interferes with memory and decision-making capabilities, and eventually sets grounds for conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.