A few months back, the “Gallon Challenge” went viral, challenging people to drink a gallon of water each day.
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 medicaldaily.com
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 medicaldaily.com. The chemical can negatively affect or cause asthma and lead to eczema.
Soda 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 rodalesorganiclife.com. More than half the population – ages six to 64 – intake enough soda to increase their risk according to medicaldaily.com.
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.