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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.

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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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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”.