Everyone knows that carbonated drinks are a serious health hazard, but people still consume drinks that are high in sugar. Did you know that over $75 billion worth of soda is sold annually? This increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and tooth decay.
Wondering if this can of soda is worth drinking? Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t.
- Soda increases fat
Drinking carbonated drinks without a diet can lead to the accumulation of fat around the skeletal muscles and liver. This leads to diabetes. A Danish study found that people who drank regular soda every day for 6 months had higher levels of fatty liver, blood triglycerides, bone fat and cholesterol.
- Baking Soda Causes Osteoporosis
All sodas, regular and diet, contain phosphoric acid or phosphate, which extends the soda’s shelf life. Too much phosphoric acid can cause muscle weakness, kidney problems, osteoporosis, and accelerate aging. Caffeine can interfere with calcium absorption and cause bone loss. Drinking too many carbonated drinks can decrease bone density and increase your risk of osteoporosis.
- Soda contains carcinogenic additives
Many sodas contain artificial caramel colors. This paint contains 2 compounds known to cause cancer in animals. According to one study, just 16 mcg of these compounds is enough to cause cancer. Surprisingly, a bottle of Coke contains 200 micrograms.
- Carbonated drinks rot your teeth.
Children and adults who drink too much soda are called mountain dew. The name was coined by dentists to explain why people who drink a lot of soda have a mouth full of cavities. Baking soda contains citric acid, which erodes enamel, the main part of teeth.
- Carbonated drinks cause a lot of diseases.
Insulin resistance: Too much sugar makes your cells resistant to the action of insulin.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: Consumption of high-fructose sodas can overwhelm the liver and convert fructose into fat. The fat remains in the liver and causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Cardiovascular disease: Drinking too many sugary drinks can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. One drink a day increases the risk of a heart attack by 20%.
Dementia: Researchers have found a link between dementia and high blood sugar. Excessive consumption of sugary drinks can damage memory and eventually lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
Type 2 diabetes: Drinking one can of soda a day can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.