Soda, coke, pop. Sugar in a bottle can go by many names, but the effects of it are all the same. Soda started out centuries ago as just carbonated mineral water. It was not unhealthy until sellers begin adding things to the drink to make it taste different. Today sugar is what gives the carbonated beverage a bad reputation. The caffeine and acid in each drink don’t help, but all of it together is horrible for your health.
Soda also contains phosphorus which could lead to a reduction in calcium and magnesium in the body. Try putting a tooth in soda for a few days and watch it dissolve over time. If it can dissolve a tooth think about what it is doing to the rest of your body.
It’s been hammered upon us that soda contains sugar and too much sugar is bad for you. Did you know one soda contains more than ten teaspoons of sugar? Our bodies are really only to have ten or less a day! Too much sugar leads to a rise in insulin levels. The sugar also might not be able to burned by the body which will end up as stored fat leading to weight gain. Within the first ten minutes of drinking your soda those teaspoons of sugar hit your system. They are absorbed into the blood causing blood sugar to spike.
Caffeine is something many of us feel we need to keep us awake. It is found in many stimulants. Too much caffeine is not good for the system at all. It can lead to anxiety, panic attacks and dehydration. Forty minutes after you drink a soda that caffeine causes your blood pressure to rise. Caffeine is addictive so the more you drink the more your body wants it.
After everything has gone through your system your body will go into crash mode. It will make you tired, irritable and reaching for another soda.
Most people try to get away with just drinking diet soda. It has the same history of soda, right, but it’s diet, right? Wrong. Instead of adding flavorings and sugar and all that jazz, it has aspartame. Aspartame is a chemical that stimulates the brain to think the drink is sweet. Aspartame breaks down into aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol when it's at 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Sodium in diet sodas is also a silent killer. Sodium not only adds weight to us, but is hard on our hearts.
Soda is the liquid form of junk food. It tastes great to most people, but it is just a fun beverage with no nutritional value. It is served at most restaurants and at most parties, but if people really knew what was lurking through their system once they took a drink, they might opt for another beverage.