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The Dangers of Drinking Soda

Sodas, sugary drinks, and any variation of these liquid dangers have so many negative health consequences that we thought we’d share them with you. Sodas and the extreme amount of sugar that they have account for differences in diet quality, energy intake, and health habits across the board, no matter your age, gender, or weight. They’re basically bad for everyone! And don’t be fooled into thinking that your diet soda is much better since sucralose, saccharin, and other sweeteners are used in place of sugar in diet sodas. They’re by no means healthier or better for you than a regular soda. Here are just a few of the health hazards that you’ll experience from drinking soda and sugary drinks. 

1. Heart Disease

A single can of soda contains the equivalent of about 10 teaspoons of sugar – whoa! Definitely not heart healthy. What happens when you drink soda is that this excess sugar goes into your blood stream and creates an insulin reaction that over time leads to insulin resistance, which is a precursor to heart disease and diabetes. A study that followed 40,000 men for two decades found that those who averaged one can of a sugary beverage per day had a 20% higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from a heart attack than men who rarely consumed sugary drinks. And the data is pretty similar for women, so everyone in your family should end the soda addiction now.

2. Asthma Agitator

There’s nothing nutritious about sodas, and in fact they are filled with preservatives and additives that are harmful to our bodies. One such chemical is sodium benzoate. This chemical is used as a preservative to keep the shelf life of sodas, but it also reduces the availability of potassium in your body. If you, or anyone in your family suffer from asthma, this is a bad thing because the sodium benzoate will exacerbate an asthma attack.

3. Dissolves Tooth Enamel

Sodas don’t really have anything nutritional in them, and often contain more harmful ingredients than good ones. One ingredient that can cause harm in our bodies is phosphate and soda contains a high level of it. Consuming more phosphate than calcium can have a negative effect on bone health, dental health, and overall nutrition. Unfortunately, soda is marketed heavily towards children and adolescents, who should actually be drinking more milk than soda because they need to calcium to develop strong bones and teeth. Besides just weakening your bones because of the lack of calcium, the sugar in soda dissolves the enamel on your teeth, making them prone to gum disease, decay, and cavities.

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4. Dehydration Danger

Since soda contains an unhealthy amount of sodium and caffeine, both which can cause your body to experience dehydration, they can lead to chronic dehydration. Unfortunately, most people reach for a can of soda when they’re thirsty, or they opt for the “meal combo” at lunch which always includes a big soda. This is one of the hidden dangers of drinking soda since it creates a vicious cycle; you’re thirsty so you reach for the can of soda, which ultimately makes you more thirsty because of the high sodium and caffeine content. When you’re thirsty, opt for water, milk, or natural fruit juice instead and you will feel better in the long run.

5. Fat Everywhere

We’re not joking; soda promotes fat buildup throughout your body. People who consume one or more sugary drinks a day will have fatty livers, build up fat around their organs, experience an increase in blood fat, and show at least a 100% increase in skeletal fat. Not good any way you look at it! And besides all of these random places, it definitely adds fat to your waistline with the increased sugar intake. Studies from a health study in Texas found that those who drank diet soda had a 70 percent increase in waist circumference over the 10-year study, compared with those who drank no soda, and those who drank more than two diet sodas per day saw a 500 percent increase in their waistline. 

So kick one of the most unhealthy habits and avoid health complications that you’ll get from drinking this sugary beverage. Opt for water or check out our recipes for healthy drinks that revitalize your body!

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Hi! I'm Walt Landi the founder and CEO of Viance Nutrition. Welcome to our Blog. I maintain this Blog as a free resource for anyone wishing to improve their health. Your comments and feedback are always welcomed and you can email me direct at walt@viance.com if you have any suggestions. Thanks. Ps. Spread the word and check out our products at viance.com. :)

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