Soda? Pop? Soft drinks?
Soft drinks, pop, or soda…however you call it, it’s all garbage. Soda contains little to no nutritional value and is filled with caffeine, carbonation, simple sugars, sugar substitutes and food additives (i.e. coloring, flavoring, preservatives) that all have a negative effect on your body. Here are some examples of the negative effects soda can have (to name a few!):
Simple sugar – Raises insulin levels that can lead to depression of the immune system therefore weakening the body’s ability to fight disease. Excess sugar turns into fat which can lead to weight gain and can increase the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, poor looking skin, lethargy, mood swings and the list goes on and on.
Sugar substitutes (artificial sweeteners) – Aspartame and saccharin can be found in soda and are artificial sweeteners, which can pose a different type of threat on your life.
- Aspartame – Stimulates the brain to think the food is sweet and breaks down into aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol at 86 degrees (your stomach temperature is 98 degrees)
- Saccharin – Found to be carcinogenic
Carbonation – The phosphoric acid that creates the bubbles in soft drinks can deplete the blood calcium levels (calcium is a key component of the bone). Over time, the decreased concentration of calcium can lead to bone mass and bone density suffering, therefore increasing the risk of osteoporosis.
Soda Tax – Why pay money to be unhealthy?!!
There are so many options out there that are more refreshing and much healthier for you. Try drinking fruit or honey infused water or tea to get that sweet taste with some nutritional value. Adding lemon, lime, oranges or cucumbers are also great ways to flavor your water while also having added health benefits.