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Public Health at Risk for Drinking Soda

By Edited Nov 8, 2015 7 19

How Bad Can a Can be?

Such Amount of Information Doesn't Allow for a Proper Introduction

It is difficult to counteract fancy commercials and billions of dollars spent in lobbyists and publicity campaigns just by typing on a keyboard.  Sodas are harmful for you.

The following are among the ingredients in what we call soda. Carbonated water, sugar, caramel E150d, phosphoric acid and caffeine are listed as the main ingredients in most carbonated sodas.  When they state sugar among their ingredients, is an understatement, what they really mean is high fructose corn syrup

Carbonated beverage advocates and lobbyists emphasize on fructose in an effort to confuse the discussion.  Fructose is a naturally, simpler form of sugar that has nothing to do with the chemically created high fructose corn syrup.

20 Reasons You Need to Stop Drinking Soda Today

What Can a Soda do for You? What Is That Can Doing to You?

1. Obesity. The high levels of sugar are stored as fat in the organism.

2. Diabetes. Since the pancreas doesn’t produce the adequate levels of insulin when needed, this disorder is created in the digestive process.

3. Blood sugar disorders. High level of sugar straight into the blood stream alter human blood at a cellular level.

4. Tooth decay, Osteoporosis. The acid level in sodas and sweetened drinks destroy tooth enamel and weaken bone structure.

5. Bone fractures.  As a result of a weakened bone structure there is a higher risk for bone fractures.

6. Nutritional Deficiencies. Sadly sodas are consumed on a daily basis, sometimes replacing water. These sugary liquids provide no fiber, no minerals, and diminish body oxygenation.

7. Heart Disease. The American Heart Association advises against high sugar consumption because it is linked with coronary disease.

8. Food addiction.  Since the brain is not aware of food consumption, sodas are related to creating food addiction or cravings that lead to overweight and alarming obesity levels.

9. Eating Disorders. By the same token, carbonated drinks are linked to eating disorders as well as anxiety for both their sugar and caffeine intake.

10. Neurotransmitter dysfunctions from chemical sweeteners, neurological and adrenal disorders from excessive caffeine.

11. Liver damage. Since the high fructose corn syrup gets stored almost intact in the liver without further breakdown, it forces the liver to work extra, very close to the effect that alcohol has in the system.

12. Kidney Stone. If anyone believes that diet sodas are good against kidney stones, certainly deserves the pain of passing one.  Since soda effectively rids your body from calcium (which is how it eats up your bones) it forms a stone in your kidney in the process.  So, not only you get less calcium where you need it, but you get a calcium stone where you don’t.

13. Premature aging. Soda is the best kept “anti” beauty secret. Soda drinkers tend to drink less water. Dehydration is key to show signs of aging sooner.

14. Lower immune response. Low oxygenation levels caused by sodas create a weaken immune system. Sugar competes with vitamin C in metabolic processes, and normally the sugar molecule wins.

15. Soda interferes with the formation of collagen and elastin. Another reason to get older faster.  Collagen is the substance that makes your skin look supple and firm.  This process starts normally during the 30s and then it speeds up, leaving you more exposed to harmful sun rays.

16. With an acid level of ph2.5, soda effectively impairs digestive system

17. Gout. It doesn’t cause gout, but it increases your risk of having it, especially if you want a burger with that soda.

18. Cirrhosis. Overworking of the liver, just like the risk of drinking alcohol.

19. Cancer. Cancer therapies emphasize in limiting sugar consumption. If sugar or HFCS didn’t have nothing to do with it, why remove it now? Why can’t they shout that out on TV? Also there is an issue regarding benzine levels, as reported by the Food and Drug Administration in 2007.  Benzine, a cancer causing chemical, is normally released into the air from automobile emissions, burning coal and oil. 

20. DNA damage. Linked to sodium benzoate found in other sodas like Sprite, Fanta and Sunkist.

All of the above courtesy of a secret formula created from carbonated water, sugar and caffeine, or so are the official ingredients listed.  Also caramel E150d, phosphoric acid, and they say sugar, but they really mean the cheaper version: high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

One teaspoon equals five grams of sugar.  The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, or 110 grams of sugar.  This exceeds the recommended daily dose of five to nine teaspoons, or 32 grams of sugar. Recent guidelines recommend 32 grams of sugar, or 8 teaspoons.  No where they recommend high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  20 fluid ounces of soda contains 65 grams of sugar (or HFCS) and 75 grams of sodium.

HFCS bypasses the digestive system and goes directly from the small intestine to the blood stream, preventing the pancreas from releasing insulin to manage glucose levels.  Without insulin the brain doesn’t know if the body is still starving.  HFCS goes from the small intestine to the liver where is converted in fat without warning the pancreas.  The perfect formula for obesity as well as diabetes.  Since your brain doesn’t know it is processing food, it leads to food cravings.  The body is yet to perform a full digestive process, leading to a slower metabolism and poor breaking of sugar molecules sparks diabetes.

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Soda is Worse Than Second-Hand Smoking

There is No Lobbying for Alternative Medicine

Of course, official findings and formal studies still deny it, as well as the American Beverage Association and the makers of these multi-trillion dollar products.  In 2010, over 130,000 cases of diabetes are now linked to high fructose corn syrup.  Sodas are a liquid form of sugar that is not readily available naturally.  Most high fructose corn syrup is made from genetically modified corn.

Americans of all ages consume too few vegetables, fruit, high-fiber, whole grains and too much added sugars, solid fats, refined grains and sodium, which conforms 35% of the American diet.  SoFAS stands for Solid FAt, Added Sugar.  75% of dietary sodium is added in food processing.

Is tough breaking a habit.  Like any addiction, breaking the drinking soda habit is tough.  Other juices with high sugar content offer no practical solution.  Water needs to be restored to its throne.  If there were more commercials talking about how sexy it is to drink water, or “H2O is in” there would be less articles of this nature needed.

With all of this, one is yet to wonder if there should be a Surgeon General warning on sodas. But we are in a fishbowl, fed through the media which, through their programs, are telling us what to eat, what to drink, and which way is north; programming our minds for their benefit. We need to reprogram for our health and well-being. If you've read this far and none of this will stick, just stay with this message: “Soda is worse than second-hand smoking”.



Mar 7, 2012 6:15am
Interesting article. On a regular basis I do not drink soda, when I have a taste/desire for some fizz, I try to drink Diet. However Dr. Oz, who I love, always says do not drink Diet either. So I guess ALL sodas are bad.
Mar 7, 2012 10:53am
They are. Too bad this info doesn't get fancy media. Thank you for posting.
Apr 4, 2012 6:03pm
I took my children to the dentist yesterday and showed them the pictures of teeth from drinking soda,they now understand why i make them drink water all the time.Interesting read.
Apr 4, 2012 6:25pm
Thank you for reading and posting. Glad your children got the message!
Apr 20, 2012 5:20pm
We call "soda", "soft drink". I never drink it and never will.
Thanks for the article, I only hope people take heed.
Apr 22, 2012 12:19pm
I never drink soda in the house and only very occasionally take it when out instead of an alcoholic drink.Has it not also been linked with a lower sperm count? Good article.
Apr 22, 2012 1:49pm
I gave up soft drinks when I learned how bad they are for you. I am sure your article will help many people kick the habit, too. Good feature, congratulations.
Apr 22, 2012 7:02pm
Soft drinks are not good. All the artificial elements and sugars contribute to toxicity within the body. Give me green smoothies any day :)
Apr 23, 2012 4:12am
I'm not a big soda drinker but I'm now rethinking drinking any soda. Thanks for the information
Apr 23, 2012 8:06am
I am not a big soda drinker. I drink water most of the time, with a cup of coffee in the morning. Soda has basically been a treat, not an addiction. I recently drank soda every day for two weeks - but that was when I gave my two weeks notice at my restaurant job where the soda fountain was free for employees. I figured that since I never buy it, I might as well enjoy it while I can! Now I just stick to my water and coffee:) Thanks for the great read CrazyGata.
Apr 23, 2012 8:23am
I mainly drink diet coke when having a Vodka. After noticing that I was still thirsty after having a drink of diet coke, I have started only having it as a treat and having a glass of water instead.
I also stopped having sweetener in my coffee the other day and you know, I don't miss it, so I may even lose weight yet.
Great article and congratulations on the feature.
Apr 23, 2012 10:05am
Being a soda lover, this raised a little bit of an alarm for me.
Apr 23, 2012 12:09pm
Etcetera, toebunkers, southerngirl09, Prosperity, GirliBird, tkmcdonald, TimJohnJr, Ddraig, WebAddict... thank you all very much for reading and posting. Moreover thank you for taking this information to heart.

There is still plenty of information in this matter. Concerning FDA Nutritional guidelines and school menus and the like. If I could take advantage of this opportunity to invite you to consider writing further about these matters in the future. These are the articles that need to go viral. Here are some related aspects, I will post them here hoping someone could find enough time and motivation to keep spreading this word.

1. Soda lobbying.
2. Soda in schools and current legislation.
3. Cancer rate and its correlation with soda and fast foods.
4. Soda vs. Medical costs.
5. Soda consumption and social classes... The Poor Diet.
6. Soda worldwide and its health effects in different countries (Sweden, China, India).
7. Soda and obesity in children.
8. Free Soda = Expensive Healthcare

You get the idea. Thank you again for reading. If I may, for those interested in spreading this word, consider printing this out and posting it in your office bulletin board. Sodas are toxic to the human body. Thank you for the congratulations. Truly the only reason I am glad it got featured is because this is a message that is dear to me in regards to public health. Thank you.
Apr 25, 2012 4:19am
Well now I know where I went wrong during my teenage years with all the soda pop. Nice article, but wow... just thinking about what damage I've already caused.
Apr 25, 2012 1:14pm
I agree with Ddraig. Vodka good, soda bad. Gata, it's good to see you back.
Apr 25, 2012 1:55pm
Great article,CrazyGata.I stopped drinking soda years ago,after experiencing some of the effects you are mentioning.Just wish I had this information before then.In my country the onset of obesity and diabetes are reaching epidemic proportions and in my opinion the consumption of soda from a young age aggravates this problem.We as parents are also ill informed as to the dangers of soda.Go to the mall and look around the foodcourt,where these so called 1Dkiddy meals 1D are sold.Soda or a substitute of fruit juice,which I reckon is just as harmful are sold and we still buy it for our kids.Children throw tantrums and to save ourselves the embarrasment,we pacify them with all these refined sugars.Thanks for having the guts to say it like it is.Soda are out,water are just fine for me.
Jul 11, 2012 7:01am
I was very proud to dance on the share buttons for this article. Holy smoke do I dislike the way sodas are seemingly shoved down our throats.

Oh don't get me wrong....I like sodas. I drink about a half dozen of them per year. I feel much better about things at that level of consumption too.
Jul 11, 2012 9:22am
Excellent source of information, very good article!! "Thumbs-up!"
Oct 27, 2012 1:58pm
I love soda but it's a bit like coffee. If you give it up, at first it's irritating. But you need only persist for a week or two and you start to enjoy water again. Then when you try soda once more, it just tastes sickly!
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  1. www.ntis.gov Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines of Americans. Beltsville, MD: NTIS.gov, 2010.
  2. Ancestralizeme.com The Biochemistry of High Fructose Corn Syrup. --: Ancestralizeme.com, 2012.

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