Today, Americans drink more soda than ever before- 25% of all drinks consumed in the U.S. is soda. In 2000th, the Americans consumed more than 15 billion gallons, which is about one12-ounce can per person, per day. Children are not excluded from the statistics.
Regular consumption of soft drinks affects negatively our health in all sorts of ways. The next time you plan on buying a can of soda, think about the following:
- Damages the liver: Regular consumption of too many soft drinks increases the risk of liver cirrhosis, the same way chronic alcoholics are at risk from alcohol abuse. Soda drinks can damage the liver.
- Weight gain: A single can of soda, every day, will add a pound of weight a month. Diet sodas are no better, they can even be worse, because of the artificial sweeteners which cause all sorts of physiological and hormonal responses leading to weight gain.
- Diabetes: Foods and drinks that cause weigh gain usually increase the risk of diabetes, as well. Consuming soft drink obstruct the ability of the organism to process sugar. This probably the reasons why the number of Americans with type 2 diabetes has tripled since 1980.
- Tooth decay: Soda drinks damage the tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay. The number of patients with this problem has tripled in the last few decades. The acidity of a soda drink is even worse for our tooth that the sugar from candies.
- Kidney stones and disease: Cola drinks are high in phosphoric acid, which promotes formation of kidney stones. A quart of soda (less than three 11-ounce cans) a week increases the risk of kidney stones and chronic kidney disease by 15%.
- Problems with digestion: Impaired digestion includes increased levels of stomach acids and moderate inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, which may erode the stomach lining. Consuming soda on an empty stomach can upset the pH balance in the stomach, creating acidic environment. This can lead to inflammation of the stomach and the duodenal lining.
- Osteoporosis: Sodas are high in phosphoric acid, which is linked to osteoporosis. Increased levels of phosphate in the blood lowers the calcium levels, so calcium is being pulled out of the bones, resulting in osteoporosis, i.e. weakened skeletal structure.
- Heart disease: People who drink lots of soda drinks every day are very likely to develop heart disease. According to a research, more than one soda a day can increase the risk of metabolic syndrome (group of symptoms like increased blood pressure, triglycerides and blood sugar, obesity and low levels of good cholesterol). Three or more symptoms increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
- Heartburn: Most of the carbonated drinks are very acidic and they cause distension of the stomach, related to acid reflux.
- Hypertension: Too much use of soda drinks, no matter if they`re diet or regular, leads to increased blood pressure.