Do you know the downsides of your sweet, sweet soft drink?
Soda pop like Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, Pepsi and the others are amazingly bad for you. They are loaded with sugar and caffeine.
The stuff is basically liquid candy. It is bad for your teeth, your pancreas and it dehydrates you.
I think many of us know that soda pop is junk food, but do we really understand just what we are drinking and giving to our kids?
Some Information About Soda and Its Effects
My daughter’s health teacher sent home an information sheet about soda and quite frankly it shocked me. I’m going to “borrow” some of her information because I think more of us need to know about this.
How many soft drinks do you drink per day? Let’s assume you only drink one twelve ounce can. That’s probably an underestimation because I think many of us drink more than that, but I’ll just focus on this small amount. It will be easy for us to extrapolate from there.
What You Need to Know About One Can of Soda
The calorie calculations:
- One 12 ounce can has about 150 calories
- One can a day times 30 days (one month) = 4,500 calories
- One pound of fat = 3,500 calories
- One can a day for 12 months (one year) = 54,000 calories or 15.4 pounds of fat!
I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about the calorie information above and how it contributes to obesity. Also, think about this, what happens to these calculations if you drink one of those 44 ounce soft drinks from the convenience store per day?
Let’s move on to the sugar facts:
- 4 grams = 1 teaspoon
- One can of soda contains the equivalent of about 40 grams of sugar
- One can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar in it
Would you let your child sit down and eat a bowl of 10 teaspoons of sugar on a daily basis? I don’t think most of us would.
The overall health effects of soda is debated. Obviously, the soft drink industry disputes many of the negative claims. They have a lot to lose. Again, I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about it all, but many believe:
- The sugar and acid in soft drinks causes cavities in our teeth.
- The high sugar content in soda jacks up our blood sugar level overworking the pancreas.
- High fructose corn syrup used to sweeten soft drinks has been linked to diabetes.
- All the calories from soft drinks can lead to obesity. Obesity is a leading cause of diabetes.
- Diabetes has numerous complications that can severely impact your quality of life.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce that drinking a soft drink every day is not all that good for your health. I’m not saying that an occasional soft drink is going to kill you or even make you overweight, but having one or more every day sure doesn’t seem like the path to living life to the fullest.
Think Your Immune to All This Because You Drink Diet Soda?
Diet soda doesn’t have the calories and high fructose corn syrup that regular sodas have, but they’ve got artificial sweeteners like Aspartame.
If you drink diet soft drinks, then I’d highly recommend reading Is Diet Coke bad for you? I don’t know if all of the claims in this article are true, but they sure raise some disturbing questions worth investigating further if you drink one or more diet sodas a day.
It Is Time to Severely Cut Our Soft Drink Intake
Regardless of whether regular or diet sodas are your thang, I think it is wise to severely limit how much of this liquid junk food we put into our bodies. The evidence of the ill effects is mounting. My wife and I have certainly cut our consumption over the last few years and we are steering our children away from soft drinks as well. I think this is a good move for our family’s long-term health.
Have you taken similar steps? What do you think about soft drinks? Leave a comment below and let me know.
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