Soda is all around us and has become a staple in the American diet. In fact, the CDC claims that around half of the US population drinks sugary beverages a day. Instead of drinking water that our bodies crave and need, we have decided to drink sugary, man-made drinks that can have detrimental effects on our long-term health. In this article I want to talk about what happens to your body after drinking a can of soda.
Soda is loaded with sugar
There are many different soda’s out there so I will use the example of one of the most popular beverages, Coca-Cola. There are approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar added in each can of Coca-Cola. That is over 4 teaspoons more than the World Health Organizations recommended daily sugar consumption. In other words, one can of cola has almost double the amount of recommended daily sugar consumption.
Diet soda is not better and may even be worse than regular cola. The artificial sweeteners used in diet soda have many nasty health side effects.
Did you know that Coca-Cola has been compared to heroin in how it activates the brain’s pleasure centers? Cola is so sweet that it would normally induce vomiting as soon as it entered the body, but phosphoric acid is added to dull the sweetness and override our bodies intelligence to get it out of the body.
If that isn’t scary enough, here is how soda activates our pleasure centers of the brain. Blood sugar levels increase dramatically within 20 minutes of consumption. This leads to insulin being released. The liver turns the sugar into body fat. Within 40 minutes, the body has absorbed all of the caffeine. The caffeine raised our blood pressure and prevents fatigue. Then dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls the pleasure centers of the brain, is released. This is how soda becomes so addicting that we crave more and more with each can that we drink.
Future Health Problems
Sugar is just one of the many bad things that soda contains. Soda is also highly acidic when it is digested into the body. Diseases such as cancer love an acidic environment. Soda is also loaded with high fructose corn syrup, which has also been associated with multiple diseases and health conditions. Regular consumption of soda can lead to serious health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.
Cutting Soda Out of Your Diet
Remember moderation is key. The purpose of this article is not to say that you can never have a soda again in your life. Limit yourself to one or two sodas a month. If you are a person that drinks soda daily or even weekly, start weening yourself off of it. Health is one the most important things that we can have. Start making healthier decisions today.
One of the healthiest things that you can do is drink more water. Replace all of your sugary drinks with water. You can even add a little freshly squeezed lemon to the water to give it some flavor. Water will probably not taste good to you at first if you are used to drinking sugary drinks. Do not add any of the flavored drops to your water. They are also filled with sugar and other bad things.
I cannot stress this enough, but health is a choice. Remember, each choice that you make today in regards to your health, will affect your health in the future. Change requires hard work and time, but remember you can do it and get through the pain with a strong support system.