Soda is a drink that typically contains carbonated water, a sweetener and a natural or artificial flavoring. Other additives like caffeine, coloring preservatives and other chemicals may be mixed in it.
People that drink soda regularly had an average increase of 1.8 lbs of visceral fat in their bellies. An amount equivalent to a 24 week old fetus. Visceral fat is one of the markers used in assessing health risks. Its increase is associated with increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other illnesses.
A can of soda typically contains more than 45 grams of sugar which is the equivalent of total recommended amount of sugar consumed per day by USDA in their latest guidelines.Even diet soda have powerful artificial sweeteners that also lead to detrimental health effects.
Their have been numerous studies linking soda consumption to increased risk of organ dysfunction, such as increased risk of kidney, heart, vascular, liver and metabolic diseases. It is also associated with obesity in children and dental enamel wear.
Artificial sugars are also linked to multiple illnesses including higher risk of cancer. Interestingly, people who drank diet soda’s did not loose weigh, instead, they actually gained weigh. In one study, consuming 2 or more cans a day lead to an increased waistlines by 500% greater than those who don’t consume it.
In addition, soda’s and their cans can contain carcinogens like, brominated vegetable oil (banned by more than 100 countries), Ascorbic acid, caramel coloring, potassium benzoate and mold inhibitors.
If you are like the hundreds of millions of people that enjoy the carbonated beverages, a healthier choice would be to drink sparkling mineral water. It is natural water that is infused with carbon dioxide under pressure. Ar times sodium and other minerals are added. Other choices include Green or White tea which are high in antioxidants, or natural fruit juices.
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