According to statistics, Americans want to drink soda more than ever. Shocking amounts of soft drinks are consumed each day, and that is 25%. So, 25% of all drinks that are sold in the US are in fact soft drinks.
In 2000, American citizens bought 15 billion gallons of soda, or a 12-ounce can per day for every citizen, regardless of age.
The Internet is full with information about the devastating effect of this reallyharmful addiction, but in case that is not enough for you, we are going to give you more information that probably will open your eyes.
At least what we hope so…
Your favorite can of sodais the reason of your extra pound. Soft drinks are on top of the list of obesity causes. Only one can of sugar-laden soda gives you an extra pound of weight gain each month.
But, if you think diet soda is better option, we bet that you will not like this fact. Diet soda is even more dangerous, because it’s full with artificial sweeteners that might trigger an entire array of physiologic and hormonal problems which eventually will make you fat.
Soda and Osteoporosis
Cola soda in its contentincludes phosphoric acid and caffeine.
The Framingham Osteoporosis Study in 2006 tested the (BMD), bone mineral density of 1413 women and 1125 men. It was discovered that the regular consumption of Cola caused a major reduction of BMD in the hips of women, which,when compared to men,are much more susceptible to bone loss.
According to some other studies, the cause of this phenomenon is excess amounts of phosphorous, that prevents the absorption of calcium in the body. Additionally, specialists claim that phosphoric acid in cola can cause a leakage of calcium out of bones.
Another study found that the consumption of 330 mg of caffeine or 4 cups of coffee leads to bone loss. It’s believed that caffeine affects the absorption of calcium and causes loss of it through urine.
For that reason, soda should be avoided at all cost in case of diseases that prevent the absorption of calcium,osteoporosis, Crohn’s disease, as well as by people that are older than 50.
It’s the worst thing that can happen to your liver. Extreme consumption of soda dramaticallyincreases the risk of cirrhosis, which is exactly what happens to chronic alcoholics.
Kidney stones and chronic kidney disease
Cola is ‘improved’ with phosphoric acid, known for its ability to affect the urinary tract. These changes go that far that eventually you will have your kidneys full with stones. By consuming 12-ounce cans you in fact increase the risk of forming kidney stones by 15%.
Soft drinks can really damage the tooth enamel and that is the smile you do not want to see in the mirror. Soda is very acidic, and its chemical composition can cause even bigger damage to the teeth than sugars that are added to candies.