Are you a big soda drinker? If so youíre likely doing yourself far more harm than good. In fact, there isnít much good about soda at all if you donít count the yummy bubbly taste. What makes soda so bad? Everything from obesity to tooth decay.
Soda (the non-diet kind) has been called liquid candy for a long time. And in essence the name is correct. There is more sugar in a can of Dr. Pepper than there is in a candy bar. Coke isnít far behind. The sugar and caffeine found in these drinks can do some seriously bad things to your whole body.
The smallest problem youíll encounter (in reference to size, not scope) is the decay drinking soda will cause on your teeth. If you drink a dark soda, the caramel coloring in the drink will actually make your teeth turn yellow. The sugar and acid in a regular soda does serious damage to the enamel of your teeth by wearing it away and causing some nasty cavities. And donít think that diet soda is any better Ė the acid is still present and it can literally rot your teeth away.
With all those extra calories, soda can have a serious impact on your waistline. In short, it makes you fat. Again, there are actually studies showing that diet soda isnít any better for you weight-wise. People who drink diet soda also tend to have trouble with excess weight. It could be because they think they can splurge thanks to the diet drink, or it might be because the chemicals in diet coke simply contribute to gaining weight in some way. Itís unclear at this point why, but it is clear that soda, diet or not, can certainly make you fat.
Believe it or not, there are studies now linking too much soda to mental health problems. And just how much is too much? Four cups a day. When you consider a cup is eight fluid ounces, four cups is the same as a large Coke from Sonic or McDonalds. As you sip your cold drink, you might be making yourself jittery, prone to headaches, hyperactive, panicky, sad, anxious and a slew of other nasty things.
If youíre a bit skeptical about the problems soda can cause inside your body, try this on for size. When there is a blood spill on concrete or cement, it is almost impossible to remove the stain. So how do the cops remove the blood spill from a public sidewalk or road? They pour Coke on it. If Coke will remove a stain on concrete, whatís it removing in your body?
What Should I Do?
Give up soda completely. Make the switch to non-sweetened ice tea, the occasional fruit juice, water, or Ė the best option for kids our age Ė low-fat milk. Because the one other thing that sodas do to us is remove calcium from our bones and make them weaker. Build them back up with the power of milk.