By: Linda Rodriguez, CNC
Ok folks, we all
know that drinking soda is bad for us. Dentists tell us it rots our teeth. Physicians
advise us to limit it for healths sake. Despite all the warnings, however,
manufacturers, still produce the equivalent of 50 gallons of soda per
person each year and were drinking it as fast as they can produce
it! Soda makers are responsible for using most of the worlds refined sugar.
That figure is easy to understand when you examine the numbers.
accounts for 25% of all drinks consumed in the United States.
Soft drinks are available in restaurants, schools, fitness facilities
and just about any gathering you will ever attend.
1/3 of teenage boys drink 3 cans of soda a day.
56% of 8 year olds drink soda daily.
Drinking one can of soda a day for one year provides enough calories
to gain 15 pounds of fat.
are these drinks?
look at whats in a 12-ounce can of regular soda:
10 teaspoons of sugar
150 empty calories
30-55 mg. caffeine
artificial colors and sulphates
Drinking one soda
a day increases the risk of developing obesity by 60% and Type 2 Diabetes by
85%. Phosphoric acid, an ingredient in many sodas, has been linked to osteoporosis.
Other risks include tooth decay, esophageal (throat) cancer, acid reflux disease
and gastrointestinal problems. Soda provides no nutritional value and negatively
affects our bodys ability to function normally.
Replace your soda
with water, not diet soda! Many people believe they are not at risk from the
negative effects of soda because they drink diet soda. Wrong! What makes a diet
soda so bad? ASPARTAME! The chemicals in diet soda are very harmful to the human
body. Eighty per cent of complaints made to the FDA (responsible for regulating
and approving every food, drug and beverage item sold in the US) are for illnesses
and negative effects caused by consumption of aspartame. The effects of aspartame
on the human body are frightening.
Here are some
documented effects these chemicals have had on humans: Brain tumors, brain
lesions, seizures, neurological problems, nerve damage, insomnia, vertigo, blurred
vision, rashes, joint pain, memory loss, headaches, migraines, hearing loss,
stomach disorders, hyperactivity, anxiety attacks, nausea and cellulite.
Some states are
removing all soft drink, candy and other refined high calorie snacks from school
vending machines, replacing them with nutritious options. Get involved in what
your schools are offering your children. Dont let someone else make those
very important decisions.
There really is
no reason to ever drink a soda, especially now that we know what it can do to
our body. Drink good fresh, filtered water, or drink Sport Tea. Your thirst
will get quenched and youll be a lot healthier. Oh, and dont forget
what an example youll set for your children and grandchildren.
Good healthy habits
make us good healthy people. Its up to us!!
Source: The Dangers of Soda, Providence Systems, Inc. Oct.