We’ve known for a long time that sugar filled carbonated beverages are not good for us, but do we realize how bad they actually are? After all, there is a difference between gaining no benefit from eating something and having that thing actually cause damage after consumption; it seems that carbonated sodas are the latter.
For one, these drinks are full of sugar, which brings with it a myriad of health issues. The obvious ones are obesity and diabetes, but there are other health issues linked to this high sugar intake as well. An issue we previously discussed in “Cancer’s Favorite Food & America’s Favorite Sweetener” revolves around the consumption of sugar and the fact that fructose is the sweetener of choice in this type of food. It turns out that sugars, especially fructose, actually feeds cancer cells; sugar consumption can lead to cancer, or help fuel developing cancer cells. If you ask us, a soda just isn’t worth it.
In an attempt to avoid the high sugar content of carbonated drinks, a lot of people opt for diet sodas. Even though this may seem like a good choice on the surface, when you look deeper, this choice has some major flaws; diet soda comes with its own unique list of problems. For one, the only difference between diet and regular soda is that with diet, you’re swapping out sugar and replacing it with a laboratory chemical designed to trick your body into tasting sugar (this is then added to the variety of other chemicals that makes up the rest of the drink). In no way is a diet soda healthy, and the fact that people think choosing a diet drink over a regular drink is a healthy choice often leads them to reward themselves with an unhealthy treat later, perpetuating a cycle of disordered eating. If that wasn’t bad enough, several studies have shown a correlation between the consumption of diet soda pop and risk of stroke. According to a study presented by the American Stroke Association those who drink diet soda increase their risk of stroke up to as much as 50%! Even though a correlation between diet pop and stroke has been shown in several studies, the researches involved have not yet been able to pinpoint exactly what about the soda causes this relationship. As well, some people have suggested that the people who choose to drink diet soda are likely overweight and susceptible to stroke in the first place. We don’t necessarily agree with this, and certainly feel that more research is necessary. Either way, we don’t think that drinking a chemical filled, carbonated slurry, as delicious as it may taste, is worth the risk!
If risk of cancer and stroke in adults wasn’t bad enough, soda consumption is apparently also corrupting our youth. An article in The Telegraph recently reported on a study that showed a correlation between fizzy drinks, and a teenager’s level of aggressiveness and violent behavior. This study postulates that 43% of teens who drank 14 or more cans of pop a week carried a gun or knife, compared to just 23% who drank 1 or less cans, as well, 27% of this group who consumed 14+ cans of soda a week were found to abuse their partners, compared to just 15% of those drinking no more than 1 can weekly. We understand that 14+ cans of pop a week may be a bit excessive, but negative behavioral changes were also seen in teenagers consuming just a couple cans a week: The researches found that teens who drank just 2 cans of pop a week were more aggressive towards friends, and those who drank 5 or more cans a week were more likely to have drank alcohol or smoked at least once in the previous month.
And the list goes on… Just like your mother always told you, “Soda will rot your teeth”, well, we’re here to tell you that she was right. But unlikeour previous beliefs, the drink’s sugar content isn’t the biggest culprit. Soda’s high phosphoric, malic, citric, and tartaric acid content is a much bigger problem as it strips the protective enamel coating from your teeth; citrus flavors being even worse, eating into your teeth up to 5x faster than colas! On the same note, we’ve also discovered that the acids found in soda actually leach minerals like calcium from your bones, weakening them and disrupting bone repair.
Enjoy your Coke. It comes with a side of osteoporosis, cancer and stroke; refills are free.