Next time you’re reaching for the lemonade in the fridge or the cola in the petrol station shop just ask yourself “What impact is this soda having on my health?” Not the greatest I can assure you. As well as giving the usual sugar highs and lows after consumption, check the reasons why you should go for the water……..
Asthma - Sodium benzoate found in most soda is used as a preservative in foods. Sodium preservatives add sodium to the diet and reduce the availability of potassium. Some of the reported reactions to sodium benzoate include skin rashes, eczema and asthma.
Kidney Issues & Osteoporosis - Colas contain high levels of phosphoric acid which has been linked to kidney stones and other renal problems. Did you know that if you are male, caucasian and very overweight you are more likely to develop kidney stones?Ministry of the bleeding obvious! Also a high phosphate diet is linked to bone breakdown increasing the risk of osteoporosis. When we urinate after drinking sodas we excrete phosphorus which deprives us of that all important bone nourishing calcium.
Obesity - The relationship between soft drink consumption and bodyweight is so strong that researchers found that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity is increased by 1.6 times. 70% of cardiovascular disease is related to obesity, 42% of breast and colon cancer is diagnosed in obese individuals and 30% of gall bladder surgery is related to obesity. Scary!
Heart Disease & Diabetes - Most soft drinks contain fructose corn syrup, a sweetener that has come under considerable scrutiny. High fructose corn syrup has been associated with increased risk of metabolic syndrome, a condition associated with an elevated risk of both diabetes and coronary disease. Those who drink fizzy drinks have an 80% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Dissolves Tooth Enamel - The sugar and acid in soft drinks can easily dissolve tooth enamel leading to decay and death of the tooth.
Reproductive Issues - Soft drink cans are coated with a resin that contains BPA (bisphenyl-A). This is the same cancer causing chemical that has been found in some plastic bottles that can reek havoc on the endocrine system potentially causing premature pubity and reproductive issues.
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