You know I am an advocate for moderation, however, soda is so over consumed I would love to have patients consider removing it from their diets. In the past 10 years I can probably count with my fingers how many sodas I have consumed. Unlike me, the average American consumes 50 gallons of soda each year. Soda is 150 calories with no nutritional value. Here are some reasons why you should rethink how much soda you drink.
Diabetes- There is 40 grams of sugar (which is 10 sugar packets) in every can of soda making it the largest single source of sugar in the American diets. If you’re at risk for diabetes, lots of sugar doesn’t help you. You probably know that when the body digests sugar, your pancreas releases insulin to help you use the sugar energy. Too much sugar can wear out your pancreas.
Obesity- Think it is okay to just have one soda per day? That one soda per day adds 150 calories every day. 150 calories times the 365 days per year equals 54,750 calories each year. Since there is 3500 calories per pound, that one soda per day adds over 15 pounds per year. Also, children are consuming 200-300 excess calories per day due to soda. A child’s risk for obesity increases an average of 60% with every daily serving of soda.
Osteoporosis- If you drink soda which contains high levels of phosphorous, you will leach calcium from your bones making them weak and brittle.
Cavities- I did an experiment in school as a kid, we put our baby teeth we had lost in cups of different liquids to see what would happen. The cup with soda disintegrated the tooth within days. Soda stains teeth, eats away enamel, and causes cavities.
Caffeine problems- Caffeine can cause jitters and then can make you crash. It also effects your natural sleep cycle which can prevent self-healing.
Think drinking diet soda is better for you? When you consume a product so unnatural, your liver has to work hard to remove it from the body. This is a slow process and can cause build up making your entire body feel sluggish.
A great New Year’s Resolution is to give up soda. You will be surprised how easy it is and how much money you will save drinking water instead. If you have a strong craving, have one can a week. That will still be much less than you are having now.