How many pops have you drunk today? The average American drinks more than 60 gallons of soft drinks each year. As of 2005, white bread was replaced as the number one calorie source in the American diet, by soft drinks.
One can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 40 mg of caffeine and is loaded with high fructose corn syrup.
Phosphoric acid is a major component of soda. It can interfere with the body’s ability to use calcium which can lead to osteoporosis and bone softening.
Sugar is also a major component. It is a proven fact that sugar increases the insulin levels in the body. This can increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, premature aging and many more negative side effects.
Aspartame is a chemical that is used as an artificial sweetener substitute in diet soda. There are over 92 health effects associated with aspartame. These include brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes and emotional disorders.
Caffeine is another major component in soda. It can cause jitters, insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, breast lumps, birth defects and some forms of cancer.
Clearly, there is also a link between the over-consumption of sodas and sweet drinks with the obesity epidemic. A study published in a British medical journal demonstrated a strong link between soda consumption and childhood obesity. They found that 12 year old’s who drank soft drinks regularly were more than likely to be overweight than those who didn’t. For each additional daily serving of sugar-sweetened soft drink consumed, the risk of obesity increased by 60%.
Just one extra soda per day can add as much as 15 pounds of extra weight in just a year. One soda per day increased your risk of diabetes by 85%. Soda drinkers also have a higher cancer risk and sugar has been shown to cause DNA damage.