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Why Say No! to Soda

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I knew about this way before I took my journey to health. I never did care for soda, either regular or diet. Water is the way to go.

Sodas are sweet, sparkling and tasty — but don't confuse them with a healthy drink. Doctors have discovered a ton of health risks connected with drinking soda pop. Worse, you're robbing yourself of a healthy drink alternative brimming with needed vitamins and minerals every time you chug down a soft drink.

"If you're choosing a soda, chances are you aren't choosing a healthy beverage," says Keri M. Gans, a nutrition consultant in New York City and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. There are a number of healthy drink choices you can make instead.

Why Say No to Soda?

Soda is truly worthless to your body. "In my opinion, there's really one major reason to not drink soda," Gans says. "It has absolutely no nutritional value. Soda is filled with sugar and calories and nothing else." Even diet sodas — low to no calories and sugar — don’t have any redeeming virtues, nutritionally. Healthy drinks, on the other hand, have vitamins and minerals the body can use. Even plain water can rehydrate your body without adding extra calories to your diet.
Sugary sodas contribute to obesity and diabetes. Soda is loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener that has been linked to obesity. Soda consumption also has been linked to the development of type 2 diabetes, both due to its sugar content and its effects on the body's hormones. And diet soda? It may not be any better. At least one study has linked artificial sweeteners, such as those used in diet sodas, to increased appetite, greater difficulty losing weight, and a harder time maintaining weight loss.
Soda damages your teeth. The sugar in soda coats your teeth, combining with bacteria in your mouth to form acid. Both regular and diet soda also contain carbolic acid through carbonation. These acids work to weaken tooth enamel, causing cavities and tooth decay.
Drinking soda can weaken your bones. Most sodas contain phosphorous and caffeine, agents that are believed to contribute to osteoporosis. Experts also worry that people consume soda in place of milk or other healthy drinks, depriving the bones of calcium.
Soda can harm your major organs. Research has demonstrated that increased soft drink consumption may be linked to chronic kidney disease, development of metabolic syndrome (a group of symptoms that add up to increased heart risk), and fatty liver, a chronic liver disease.
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    Whenever I think about wanting a diet soft drink, I drink a lot of water. The more I do that, the better I feel.

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    1525 days ago
    emoticon That's one thing I never really had an problem with. I've always loved unsweetened iced tea, over cola.
    But thanks for the info!
    1525 days ago
    Thank you, the word still needs to get out, I got the memo years ago and rarely have one. I'm trying to remember when...hmm...I think the last one I had was about a year ago when my brother-in-law and I both ordered an orange float. I've made small root beer floats as a treat for the grandkids (they all live in other states so this is very rare) but I get the brand from the health food store that has real sugar. What literally makes me ill is to see children allowed soda pop on a regular basis, oh that is just so sad and wrong on so many levels.
    1526 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/14/2014 9:27:07 PM
    I can't take soda anymore. Water is my drink of choice!
    1526 days ago
    Love it! Of course aspartame with caffeine in diet sodas is a deadly duo!
    1526 days ago
    Sounds pretty bad! emoticon
    1526 days ago
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