We all know that soda isn’t good for our bodies. You would have to be living under a rock to think otherwise. Still, many people are consuming soft drink beverages regularly, if not daily. The United States consumes far more soda than any other country in the world, and studies have shown a sweeping change in consumption isn’t likely to come anytime soon. Here are 7 reasons why you should stop drinking soda immediately.
Your smile is one of your biggest assets. But regular soda consumption can have disastrous effects on your teeth. Soda and other soft drinks are very sugary and acidic. Exposing your teeth to sugar and strong acids continuously can eat away at your teeth’s enamel, even if you frequently visit the dentist (a lot of adult men don’t).
Aside from that, colas and dark sodas such as Pepsi, Coca Cola, and Dr. Pepper can stain your teeth, further turning your pearly whites darker.
Soft drinks contain phosphoric acid. In short, this acid impedes your body’s ability to absorb calcium from other foods and drinks you consume. A calcium deficiency will cause your bones to become weaker over time and lead to serious health conditions such as osteoporosis.
Oh, and your body lacking calcium may weaken your teeth as well and cause cavities to form, which is terrible considering your teeth are already very exposed to the sugar when consumed.
Sugar & Caffeine Intake
There are over 40 grams of sugar in a typical can of soda, equal to 10 teaspoons of sugar. And much of the soda’s sugar comes from high fructose corn syrup, which is more challenging to metabolize than standard sugar.
One of the most compelling reasons to drink a soda is because it is thirst-quenching. So on a hot summer day, it is much easier to reach for a can of soda rather than cool water to quench your thirst. However, this can be dangerous because many soda drinkers have formed the habit of drinking a soda when they become thirsty.
While soda may appear to quench your thirst, drinking it will actually cause you to become more dehydrated. This happens because the caffeine that is in soda is a diuretic. This means your body will produce more urine, causing your body to lose more fluids.
Check out this great YouTube video by It’s AumSum Time detailing the effect that soda has on the human body.
While soda can be linked to many health issues such as heart disease, it also causes minor issues such as heartburn. While this won’t cause anyone to run to the hospital, consider that it can be prevented entirely.
If you have found a way to look past all of the previously mentioned ways soda can be harmful to your body, think of it in this way: Soda has absolutely zero nutritional benefits. Besides giving you a short burst of energy and satisfying a craving, soda doesn’t do anything good for you and your overall health. Before you take your next sip of soda, you should ask yourself, “Why would I put this in my body in the first place?”
If the adverse effects of soda on your health aren’t enough, consider the plastic and metal waste of soda consumption. A recent study conducted by the magazine Science found that a whopping eight million tons of plastic bottles end up in the ocean each year. If you were to cut out your consumption of soda, fewer bottles would be produced. This means fewer bottles and cans ending up in the natural environment.
It Will Save You Money
The average price of a bottle of soda from a vending machine is $1.75. If you purchase a soda on your lunch break five times a week for an entire year, the total price paid for soda for lunch would be $455. Even if you were to purchase soda in bulk from a grocery store, we’re still talking hundreds of dollars spent on soda that doesn’t benefit your health and wellness at all. The financial burden alone should be enough to persuade you to stop drinking soda.
I wouldn’t come this far to show you the problems with soda consumption without giving you some alternatives. But what should you drink instead of soda?
While water is the smartest alternative to soda, I understand that it isn’t necessarily an equal substitute. Many people who drink soda regularly have become accustomed to it and even struggle with sugar/caffeine addiction. Those affected often suffer from headaches, mood swings, and even minor body aches when experiencing the withdrawal symptoms.
If you need your alternatives to resemble soda closely, consider switching to iced coffee or ice tea. Of course, you can have hot tea and coffee as well. While tea and coffee both have caffeine naturally and are typically sweetened with sugar, they can still be healthier to the body because they do not contain the same acids that soda does. And of course, you can limit the amount of sweetener you put in.
While cutting out soda entirely may be difficult, it is possible. If you decide to try and find it difficult, remember all the reasons explained here. In the end, it will be worth it, and your body will thank you. Stop drinking soda today!