Why You Should Avoid Soda
By Sara Butler
Would you believe that the average American drinks the equivalent of 38 gallons of soda per year? You can even find people who will openly admit they drink more soda than they do water -- or maybe no water at all! Soda accounts for a quarter of the drinks consumed in the United States alone. If you’re a soda addict, then you may want to reconsider your habit. Here are a few reasons to avoid soda and how you can cut back and stop drinking it!
Is Soda Really Bad for You?
There’s an argument to be made that most things in moderation are just fine. But when it comes to soda, you have to take into account the added sugar and additives if you think even moderate enjoyment of it is OK. Sugar doesn’t have any benefits to your health and actually increases your risk for many chronic diseases. And soda is basically sugar in liquid form!
At the end of the day, you must choose what is best for you. But there are a few things you must take into consideration when making your choice about soda.
Why You Should Avoid Soda
Aside from sugar, soda contains a few other things that are concerning. It also contains:
- Phosphoric acid - This can make it more difficult for your body to absorb calcium. It can also lead to cavities
- Artificial sweeteners - In diet soda, the aspartame is used in place of sugar, but researchers are starting to understand that it may have an unhealthy impact on blood sugar anyway, causing you to actually ingest more calories
- Fructose - The high fructose corn syrup in soda is simply another form of sugar. That means it’s not good for you
- No nutrients - Soda has no nutritional value: none
Soda also is bad for your health due to the fact that it:
- Contributes to obesity - Soft drinks have been linked in studies to obesity due to calories and added sugar
- Contributes to dehydration - The sugar content of soda, along with salt, dehydrates the body; over time, this can cause chronic issues with dehydration
- Contributes to poor dental health - Sugar is bad for your teeth because it encourages the buildup of plaque that can lead to gum disease and cavities.
Soda isn’t something your body needs. At the end of the day, there are simply a lot of reasons not to drink it. So, try to cut down on your soda consumption and replace it with something healthier. Good, old-fashioned water is a great place to start!
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