Ask yourself... How many sodas, juices, flavored energy drinks, or specialty drinks do you drink a day? A week? A month ? All of these are not only costly BUT they are harmful to your overall health and well being. I am going to mainly focus on SODA because it seems to be a common struggle among many people. That midday crash, that energy slump, even sometimes the first drink that people have in the morning as they wake up (EKKK)!
Soda has ZERO nutritional value, it's really just sugar loaded water with a ton of chemicals and calories. You might be saying well I drink "diet" soda... That soda has artificial sugars, sweeteners and substitutes added to it which make you WANT to crave sweets and unhealthy foods because of the insulin spike!!
I am going to give you some reasons as to WHY you need to kick this soda habit to the curb !!
For all of you soda drinkers out there, drinking a regular soda leads to dramatic increases in fat buildup around your liver and your skeletal muscles, both of which can contribute to insulin resistance and diabetes. Danish researchers who conducted this study revealed that people who drank a regular soda every day for six months saw a 132 to 142 percent increase in liver fat, a 117 to 221 percent jump in skeletal fat, and about a 30 percent increase in both triglyceride blood fats and other organ fat.
Drinking all the sugar in sodas would cause weight gain, but what is surprising is that even DIET soda will pack on the pounds. In a study from the University of Texas Health Science Center, 475 adults were monitored for 10 years. This study found that those adults who drank diet soda had a 70 percent increase in waist circumference over the 10-year study, compared with those who didn't drink any soda Those who drank more than two diet sodas per day saw a 500 percent waist expansion! It is the aspartame in the soda, which raised blood glucose levels, that caused the weight gain; when your liver encounters too much glucose, the excess is converted to body fat.
Ok so lets talk about the color of soda. A petition was once tried to be put into place to ban the an the artificial caramel coloring used to make Coke, Pepsi, and other colas brown. The reason?? Two contaminants in the coloring, 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, have been found to cause cancer in animals.
In a 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer, just 16 micrograms per person per day of 4-methylimidazole is enough to pose a cancer threat, and most popular brown colas, both diet and regular, contain 200 micrograms per 20-ounce bottle.
Say goodbye to aging beautifully if you are a soda drinker ! Diet or regular, ALL colas contain phosphates, or phosphoric acid. This is a weak acid that gives colas their tangy flavor and improves their shelf life. Although it exists in many whole foods, such as meat, dairy, and nuts, too much phosphoric acid can lead to heart and kidney problems, muscle loss, and osteoporosis, and one study suggests it could trigger accelerated aging. So if you are drinking multiple sodas a day, you are increasing your chances of premature aging!
Our bodies CAN NOT breakdown the artificial sweeteners in the soda and sadly neither can our waste-water treatment plants. These chemicals are polluting our water sources with higher levels acesulfame K, sucralose, and saccharin, all of which are, or have been, used in diet sodas. Although it's not clear yet what these chemicals are doing to people, but past research has found that sucralose in rivers and lakes interferes with some organisms' feeding habits. Which makes complete sense as to why you are not "satisfied" after drinking a soda.
Put down the DEW ! Dentists have a name for the condition they see in kids who drink too much Mountain Dew. They wind up with a "Mountain Dew Mouth," full of cavities caused by the drink's excessive sugar levels. An ingredient called brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, added to prevent the flavoring from separating from the drink, is an industrial chemical used as a flame retardant in plastics. lt's also found in other citrus-based soft drinks and sports drinks, the chemical has been known to cause memory loss and nerve disorders when consumed in large quantities. And you are giving this to your impressionable children !! Over time this chemical builds up in body fat, possibly causing behavioral problems, infertility, and lesions on heart muscles.
There is a reason we are getting away from the canned drinks and foods and here is why. Early all aluminum soda cans are lined with an epoxy resin called bisphenol A (BPA), used to keep the acids in soda from reacting with the metal. BPA is known to interfere with hormones, and has been linked to everything from infertility to obesity and diabetes and some forms of reproductive cancers. And sadly neither Coke or Pepsi are willing to switch to a BPA free can!
And THE BIG ONE !!! As much as 88 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified to resist toxic pesticides or engineered to create pesticides within the plant itself. Thanks to lax government safety regulations, and tight corporate control over who gets to test these proprietary seeds, there are no human studies that can prove or disprove whether these crops are safe. Independent scientists have found that, in animals, genetically modified crops, or GMOs, are linked to digestive tract damage, accelerated aging, and even infertility.
Part of the growing concerns of auto immune disorder, autism, and other learning disabilities that might play a HUGE role in the foods and drinks we are consuming !
So what you need to think of is how willing are you to put the soda down in your life and educate those around you the harmful things that may happen!!!
You might also think there are quality drinks out there that render energy and are great for your body! I will be more than happy to give you a list of these !! If you want more information on healthier alternatives leave a comment below !!! BUT please think twice before drinking a soda, your body and mind will thank you for not putting it under more stress, insulin resistance and hormonal issues !!!