A lot of people have developed the habit of drinking soft drinks regularly. This article lists down some of the alarming reason you should stop drinking sodas.
It’s lunch time. The temperature outside has reached more than 100 degrees, and you couldn’t help but buy another can of your favorite soda. This has been your daily habit, so to speak, and you’re not even worried about the health implications of this routine since you’ve always been healthy and fit.
Despite repeated warnings from health experts on the ill effects of drinking sodas, there are a lot of people who remain loyal to brands like Coke and Pepsi. In fact, the global soda market has steadily grown through the years.
In 2013, volume of soft drinks expanded by four percent with value increasing by more than five percent. While carbonated drinks remained popular in the United States, countries like China, Brazil, and Mexico also consumed a lot of sodas.
The market leader, Coke, also posted its first quarterly sales gain in three years recently buoyed by higher rates and increased demand in Africa and Eurasia.
And while there are lots of health-conscious individuals who are ditching sodas in favor of more nutritious drinks, the truth is that there are still plenty of people who will continue to drink sodas on a regular basis.
But why should you consider putting a stop to this unhealthy habit? Here are some of the reasons:
It Increases Risk of Diabetes
Diabetes is one of the more common killer ailments in the world. It is estimated that nearly 400 million people have this disease, which happens when the human body is unable to produce enough insulin or when the cells don’t respond to the insulin produced. This means that nearly 1 in 10 people around the world have diabetes.
There are a lot of studies linking regular soft drinks consumption to increased risk of diabetes. In fact, one study recently conducted in Europe that drinking just one 12-ounce can everyday may increase one’s risk of Type 2 diabetes.
The results of the study were published in the journal Diabetologia. It revealed that people who drank a 12 ounce of soda daily were up to 18 percent more at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes over a 16 year period, as compared with those who didn’t consume soda at all.
There have been numerous theories on how sodas can cause diabetes. One is that aspartame, a sweetener used in soft drinks, can be metabolized in a way that may cause a spike in insulin production. Another explanation is that too much soda consumption can cause weight gain, which is a known diabetes risk factor.
It Increases Risk of Heart Attack
There are also studies linking over consumption of sodas with increased risks of heart attack. The theory is that drinking too many soft drinks can affect the potassium levels in the body. Key ingredients of soda-caffeine and high fructose corn syrup—flush out potassium from the system.
Potassium is important because it helps the heart in maintaining a regular beat, and deficiency of this element can cause irregularities. Heart problems may also arise when components of skeletal muscles that deteriorate due to low potassium levels flow through the bloodstream and affect electrolyte balance.
There are lots of studies proving that too many soft drinks can increase risks of heart attack. In one study, it was revealed that men who drink sodas at least once a day face 20 percent increased a risk of heart attack.
The study, which was published in the Circulation journal, showed that a typical can of soda has around ten teaspoons of
sugar. It followed the diet, weight, exercise, and smoking of more than 42,000 men over 22 years.
It Leads to Teeth Erosion
Drinking soft drinks can make your teeth degrade fast. Sodas have high concentrations of acids like phosphoric and citric acids. A can of soda has a range of 2.4 to 2.5 in acidity levels, and this could erode the enamel on your teeth.
Aside from having high concentrations of acid that affect the enamel of the teeth, sodas have lots of sweeteners like saccharine, sorbitol, fructose, and sucrose. These sweeteners stick to the tooth enamel especially if you don’t brush your teeth immediately after drinking soft drinks. These sweeteners can also serve as a source of plaque bacteria, which multiply fast and produce lactic acid that wears away the enamel.
It Can Cause Kidney Damage
Drinking sodas regularly can also affect your kidney functions, and like other ill effects of soft drinks mentioned earlier, there are substantial studies backing up this claim.
For instance, a research conducted by experts at the Osaka University in Japan studied close to 8,000 university employees who had normal kidney functions. They were grouped into three—those who drank one soda a day, another who drank two cans, and
those who completely didn’t drink.
After a three-year period, it was discovered that more than 1 out of 10 people who drank two sodas per day developed proteinuria, a condition that is described as having too much protein in urine that is also a risk factor for kidney disease.
It Increases Risks of Lung Diseases
Finally, drinking too much soda can increase your risks of getting sick with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.
A study conducted by experts at the University of Adelaide in Australia showed that soda consumption can increase risks of COPD by nearly 80 percent, and almost 30 percent increased a risk of asthma.
The study, which was conducted between March 2008 and June 2010, involved interviewing more than 16,000 participants aged 16 years old and older in South Australia.
The study also revealed that 10 percent of adults in Australia drink more than half a liter of soda every day. Plus, it showed that the more soda a person consumes, the higher his/her chances of having the said lung diseases.
As you can see, there are lots of risks involved in drinking sodas every day. No matter how tempting it is to down a bottle of Coke on a hot, sunny day, you must think of the repercussions of drinking one. So slow down on your consumption of sodas to avoid getting sick in the future.