Staff editorial: The ugly truth about soda consumption

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A few months back, the “Gallon Challenge” went viral, challenging people to drink  a gallon of water each day.

Continuing the good health vibe on the web, a video demonstrating an experiment with soda spread too. In the video, a man heated soda and to no surprise, it reduced to nothing but straight sugar.Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 1.29.07 PM

There was also a video that showed a man heating a soda to see what it reduced to. To no surprise, it was straight sugar.

Health class and other anti-soda campaigns have taught us all that soda has tons of sugar and caffeine in it, making it an unhealthy option. But, how unhealthy is the sweet beverage loved by many?

The viral video made a visual statement about the sugar overload in soda. Just 20 minutes after drinking a soda, your blood sugar spikes and causes and insulin bursts. After 40 minutes, the sugar increases your blood pressure and the sugar enters your blood stream. After 45 minutes, your body increases your dopamine production according to

Also, soda dissolves tooth enamel due to the high amounts of sugar and acid within it.

The high amounts of sugar in soda can lead to obesity. Drinking soda increase chances of becoming obese by 1.6

Another obvious effect of drinking soda is obesity. It has been proven that obesity and soda consumption is so linked that for every soda that you consumer, your chances to for obesity increase 1.6 times per soda. Rabid soda consumers can drop 60 pounds by dropping one large Coca-Cola from McDonald’s in a year according to healthy expert – Malia Frey.

In 2006, one in four deaths were related to heart disease. Due to a high concentration of corn syrup, soda can lead to heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes. People who drink soda have an 80 percent increase risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than non-soda drinkers.

Drinking your favorite soda can negatively affect asthma. Soda contains sodium benzoate – commonly used to preserve foods – which reduces the availability in your body according to the The chemical can negatively affect or cause asthma and lead to eczema.

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 1.28.52 PMSoda contains high levels of phosphoric acid, which is linked to kidney stonesand Osteoporosis. When phosphoric acid is excreted in the urine, it carries calcium with it, depriving your body and bones of the calcium they need to remain strong.

Often, a soda bottle contains Bisphenol A (BPA) and has been linked to premature puberty and reproductive abnormalities. However, soda bottles are not the only culprits as most plastic bottles contain BPA and can contribute to reproductive issues.

Most popular brown colas, both diet and regular, contain a caramel coloring – 4-methylimidazole – exposing many American to a cancer risk for aesthetic purposes. In 2011, the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to ban the artificial caramel coloring, according to More than half the population – ages six to 64 – intake enough soda to increase their risk according to

Despite protests, BPA and 4-mel are still legally acceptable by the FDA, even though both ingredients provide no flavor or health benefits to the soda consumer.

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations. When she isn't staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible. This is Ashley's third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

1 Comment on Staff editorial: The ugly truth about soda consumption

  1. Soft drinks – including those with high fructose corn syrup or low-calorie sweeteners – have been studied in-depth and repeatedly deemed safe. These beverages can absolutely be a part of a balanced, active life – and do not have the adverse health effects purported here. For example, the Institutes of Medicine makes clear that, when it comes to heart disease risk, there is nothing unique about the calories from added sugars, or sugar-sweetened beverages for that matter. What are the scientifically verified risk factors for heart disease and vascular events? According to the American Heart Association, increasing age, gender (being male), genetics (including race), smoking and being obese are variables:

    Obesity is similarly complex, relating to overall diet, inactivity, genetics, stress, medicines and much more. Therefore, it’s wholly misleading, and scientifically unsubstantiated, to suggest that soft drinks uniquely cause weight gain. All calories count, and physical activity is key when it comes to weight loss and management.

    We would also add that the FDA has noted there is no reason whatsoever for any health concerns regarding caramel coloring – a position that is supported by regulatory agencies around the world.

    While the media is often quick to malign soft drinks and their ingredients, the fact remains that these products are safe – and do not cause the litany of health issues alleged here.

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