According to statistics, American continue to drink more and more soda. In fact, sodas account for over 25% of the market share among all the drinks in the United States. In 2,000, more than 15 billion gallons of soda were sold. That 12 oz can a day each man, woman and child in the country.
If you are gulping down all the soda, you should know the following reasons why you should never be doing so:
1. Putting on All the Extra Pounds
Soda is a big factor contributing to obesity. Do you know that you gain over 1 pound every month if you drink just one can of sugary drinks a day?
Don’t think diet soda can do you any good. It can also cause as much weight gain as your regular soda (in fact it may cause even more weight gain). Those drinking diet soda actually are not able to lose weight. They have artificial sweeteners that stimulate different types of hormonal and physiologic responses which result in weight gain.
2. Causing Liver Damage
Yes, sodas do damage the liver. When you drink lots of soft drinks, you are increasing the risk of developing liver cirrhosis. The risk is similar to those who are chronic alcoholics.
3. Causing Tooth Decay
Soda is also very bad for your tooth. It will dissolve your tooth enamel. In fact, drinking soft drinks will increase your risk of tooth decay by 2 to 3 times. If you think the solid sugar in candy is harmful for your teeth, the acidity in soda is even worse than that.
4. Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease & Kidney Stones
All types of colas have high amount of phosphoric acid. This substance causes changes in your urine in ways that further causes formation of kidney stone. If you drink just 1 quart (not even 3 X 12 oz cans) of it in a week, your risk of kidney stones increases by up to 15%.
5. Increased Risk of Diabetes
The risk of diabetes increases with any food that causes weight gain. When you drink soda, it also leads to stressing the body’s ability for processing sugar. According to certain scientists, this could be the reason behind increasing number of cases of type II diabetes in Americans. In fact, the numbers have tripled from 1980 to today (6.6 million to almost 20.8 million).