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Health Impacts of Drinking Soda

 

Soda being poured into glass with ice

Declining sales in soda consumption in the United States could be attributed to the growing awareness amongst the general population around the health impacts of drinking soda on a regular bases. Read the article here to view the recent percentage decline in profits of the coke in the US.

Putting these numbers aside, lets look at what the health impacts of drinking soda on a regular basis are.

According to a Danish study released in 2012 there were some interesting results of daily consumption of a liter of Cola every day:

 

  1. Drinking Soda not only increases weight and fat, but deposits the fat in different areas of the body such as the liver and other organs.
  2. The fat deposited was the more dangerous kind called ectopic fat, thought to be more dangerous to people’s metabolic health than “subcutaneous” fat, the kind that collects under the skin.

Let’s looks at some other impacts:

 

  1. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Nutrient Database, a 12-ounce can of cola has 33 grams of sugar. That’s roughly equivalent to eight teaspoons of granulated white sugar.
  2. According to Dr. Mercola’s website:

 

Within the first 10 minutes 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. This is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake, and the only reason you don’t vomit as a result of the overwhelming sweetness is because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.
Within 20 minutes blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.

 

Within 40 minutes caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.

 

Around 45 minutes your body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – a physically identical response to that of heroin, by the way.

 

After 60 minutes you’ll start to have a sugar crash.

 

 

Soda and Women:

 

  • According to a recent study presented at the American College of cardiology’s annual scientific session in 2014, older women who consume two or more diet sodas per day are 30% more likely to suffer a cardiovascular event and 50% more likely to die from related disease than women who rarely consume the drinks.
  • There is a link between Soda and Osteoporosis. Researchers at Tufts University, studying several thousand men and women, found that women who regularly drank cola-based sodas — three or more a day — had almost 4% lower bone mineral density in the hip, even though researchers controlled for calcium and vitamin D intake. But women who drank non-cola soft drinks, like Sprite or Mountain Dew, didn’t appear to have lower bone density.

 

The general recommendation is to cut down on Soda or to remove soda from your daily diet.

 

 

 

 

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