showed that lower consumption of sugar-sweetened beverage intake in US adults was not correlated with knowledge of the bad side effects and health conditions associated with excessive soda consumption.
That means that knowledge of the bad health conditions soda drinking has DOES NOT persuade people to stop drinking it. I’m telling you this because I don’t want you to wait until it’s too late to start introducing healthy habits into your life. BEFORE you’re forced to by your doctor.
Help your kidneys stay healthy
In an 11-year-long Harvard Medical School study
, including 3,318 women, researchers found that diet cola is linked with a two-fold increased risk for kidney decline.
Decrease your diabetes risk
High levels of sugar in soda places a lot of stress on your pancreas, potentially leaving it unable to keep up with the body’s need for insulin.
Stay hydrated for a healthy body
Caffeine is a diuretic
. Diuretics promote the production of urine, causing you to urinate more frequently. When the body’s cells are dehydrated they have difficulty absorbing nutrients, and it also makes it more difficult for the body to eliminate waste.
Reduce your calories and slim down
A 20-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola contains
17 teaspoons of sugar and 240 calories… empty calories devoid of any nutritional value.
It would take the average adult over one hour of walking to burn off the 240 calories in a 20-ounce soda.
Reduce your risk of heart disease
Each soda consumed per day increases the risk of heart disease
by 20% in men.
Keep your teeth!
Lab testing on soda acidity shows that the amount of acid in soda is enough to wear away dental enamel
. pH levels in soda can be as low as 2.5, as a frame of reference battery acid has a pH of 1, water has a pH of 7.0.
Reduce metabolic risk factors
According to Ravi Dhingra, M.D., lead author of the study and an instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School states “If you are drinking one or more soft drinks a day, you may be increasing your risk of developing metabolic risk factors for heart disease
The Framingham study included nearly 9,000 individuals, over a four year period. Researchers found that individuals consuming one or more sodas a day had a 48 % increased risk of metabolic syndrome compared to those consuming less than one soft drink daily.
Diet sodas are not healthy options
A University of Texas Health Science Center study found that the more diet sodas
a person drank, the greater their risk of becoming overweight.
Consuming two or more cans a day increased waistlines by 500% greater than those who do not consume diet soda.
Keep your liver functioning
The 2,634 individuals in the study completed a CT scan to measure the amount of fat in the liver. They saw a higher prevalence of NAFLD
among people who reported drinking more than one sugar-sweetened drink per day compared to people who said they drank no sugar-sweetened beverages.