Pepsi and Coke are more popular than fresh fruit juices among the younger crowd. With attractive ads and slogans, companies that produce sodas are making millions by marketing their beverages with major ad campaigns by celebrities. While an occasional soda is okay, drinking a glass or two every day is bound to cause health problems in the long run. It is important to remember that drinking soda is harmful no matter what the ads say.
Consuming excessive amounts of beverages like Coke and Pepsi increases the risk of developing a number of diseases and health issues that can become life-threatening in the future. Here are 10 health hazards that are linked to the consumption of soda beverages:
1. Soda = Obesity
This is a health condition that has been on the rise in recent years. Apart from junk food, drinking sodas on a regular basis is linked to increase in the risk of becoming overweight or obese. This, in turn, increases the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, among many other serious health problems.
2. Heart Problems
Cardiovascular health is affected in a major way with consumption of beverages like Coke and Pepsi. The American Heart Association issued a news release in February 2011 that revealed that people who consume sodas on a daily basis risk developing cardiovascular problems by about 60 per cent than those who do not.
3. Kidney Problems
According to researchers, there is a link between drinking soda, especially diet ones, and problems in the kidney. They say that women who drink more than two glasses of soda beverages on a daily basis will experience a decline in kidney function in the long run.
4. Metabolic Syndrome
There is a high risk of developing metabolic syndrome for people who regularly consume sodas. This syndrome is a collection of symptoms that increase the risk diabetes, heart disease and stroke. A person will display a minimum of three symptoms if he suffers from metabolic syndrome. These symptoms are low HDL cholesterol levels, high blood sugar levels, high triglyceride levels and high blood pressure.
5. Dental Problems
The high content of sugar in soft drinks like Coke and Pepsi can cause dental problems like cavities, etc. Sodas also contain ingredients that are acidic and they can erode the enamel in our teeth, thus causing tooth decay.
Regular consumption of sodas increases the risk of developing osteoporosis. People who drink soft drinks do not get the nutrients that the body needs. Foods that are nutrient-rich such as fruit juice and milk are replaced by sodas. This decreases the intake of calcium and increases the risk of developing osteoporosis.
7. Acceleration of Aging
All sodas contain phosphates which are also known as phosphoric acid. This is a mild acid that gives sodas their tang and it also increases their shelf life. This acid can also be found in foods like meat, nuts and dairy products. Excessive phosphate can cause kidney and heart problems, osteoporosis and loss of muscles. A recent study indicates that high levels of this acid could accelerate the aging process.
8. Abnormal Hormones
An epoxy resin that is known as bisphenol A lines a large number of aluminum soda cans to ensure that the acids that sodas contain do not react with the metal. It is a well-known fact that Bisphenol A interferes with hormones in our body. It is also linked to infertility, diabetes, obesity and cancer of the reproductive system.
Many of us buy a can or bottle of soda when we are out and feel thirsty. This is a huge mistake because it does not alleviate the thirst. Sodas contain caffeine and the caffeine will dehydrate your body rather than doing the opposite. The number of times that you urinate increases because caffeine is a diuretic. Choose water to quench your thirst instead of Coke or Pepsi.
Sodas contain caffeine and this substance acts as a stimulant and boosts your energy levels temporarily. Too much of it can lead to high blood pressure and restlessness. It is also highly addictive so when you stop drinking sodas, you will experience mood swings like irritability, depression and fatigue.
Although many of us already know the risks of drinking soda, we still continue to buy cans and bottles of these beverages. It is time that we take this issue seriously and stop drinking sodas so that we can be healthier and live longer.
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