If you’re rinsing down a healthy meal with a bottle of soda, you’re probably wondering why you aren’t losing weight or even feeling better. You’re forgetting the negative impact of soda, not only on your weight loss program, but also on your overall healthy eating. Even diet soda doesn’t help. It still impacts your health in a bad way. For starters, many of the sugar substitutes are actually worse for you than sugar. Aspartame, for instance has been linked to many different health problems from diabetes to brain tumors. It changes to methanol when it’s warm and then breaks down further to formic acid and formaldehyde. If that doesn’t scare you, consider that it not only increases the risk for metabolic syndrome, it can cause belly fat, increase cholesterol and raise your blood sugar.
Non-diet soft drinks contain loads of sugar.
Whether you call it a soft drink, pop or soda, it’s all the same. It’s sugary colored water that’s carbonated and consumed almost as much as water itself. One can of pop has ten tablespoons of sugar. You would never consider eating sugar directly out of the bowl, but when you drink soda, your body can’t tell the difference. It raises your body’s sugar level, which in turn raises the level of insulin and then causes a drop as quickly as it caused an increase in energy. Not only can it lead to weight gain, but also diabetes and other health issues.
Avoid the phosphoric acid of soft drinks.
Lots of foods contain phosphorous, even healthy foods. In fact, a good balance between calcium and phosphorous is important to good health. It’s in foods you normally consider healthy, such as nuts, shellfish and cheese. It’s in lean meats for those who are omnivores or carnivores and beans and lentils for vegetarians. When you have the right amount of phosphorous it keeps the cells functioning, regulates calcium for the creation of strong bones and teeth and helps provide energy. Lack of phosphorous can lead to loss of appetite, rickets, weakened immune system and lower appetite. Too much phosphorous leaches calcium from bones and teeth, puts it in the blood stream where it calcifies in internal organs. Pop/soda, contains phosphoric acid your body doesn’t need, since there’s seldom a deficiency. Eliminating it from your diet may be all it takes to balance your body back to homeostasis.
You’ll get dehydrated from drinking soda.
That’s right! Drinking something can actually cause dehydration. Soda contains caffeine, sodium and has a high sugar content. All three of those can aid in causing dehydration. The more you drink, the more you face the potential for chronic dehydration.
High fructose corn syrup seems to be in everything and soda is on that list. There are many different studies that show high fructose corn syrup fails to trigger the satiety hormone, so you keep on eating and putting on weight.
Take care of your teeth by avoiding pop. Soda is one of the leading causes of tooth decay.
Talk about empty calories, even if there’s just one calorie, it has no redeeming qualities and doesn’t benefit your health.
Pop can cause increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and other serious conditions. By substituting water for pop, you could save thousands of calories a year and lower your risk of these diseases.