Soda Pop Talk

Soda Pop Talk

Who doesn’t love soda? That sensational feeling of cold sparkling bubbles touching your tongue on a calm summer day is timeless, let alone delicious.

Now maybe eliminating soda pop from your diet isn’t totally feasible, but it’s important to understand why this beverage is not the healthiest option for you, and how drinking more nutritious beverages promotes a healthier lifestyle. Here are three major reasons to say no to Soda.

Soda is loaded with sugar

A 20 oz bottle of Coca-Cola has 65 grams of sugar in it. To put that in perspective, this is the equivalent to ingesting over 17 sugar cubes. This sugar is in the form of high fructose corn syrup, which has been linked to decreased satiety, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Now, you may be thinking, what about diet soda. These beverages, while perhaps healthier options to regular soft drinks, may also be linked to increased appetite and difficulty loosing weight. In a study by Johns Hopkins University, it was found that overweight and obese adults who drink diet beverages actually end up consuming more calories from food than their regular, sugary soda drinking counterparts.

Soda is bad for your teeth

Sip all day, and get tooth decay! There are two major reasons why soda is bad for your teeth. As the bacteria in your mouth digest the sugary contents of soda, acid is produced, which directly attacks your teeth. Additionally, soda, even the diet variety, contains its own acid, which can damage teeth as well. At a pH of about 2.8 (very acidic), its no wonder the drink is damaging to the precious mineral structure of human teeth.

Soda does not hydrate you

Soda acts as a diuretic in the human body, meaning that it steals water from your organs and tissues and makes you lose it as waste. Have you ever noticed how soft drinks never quench your thirst, and always leave you feeling like you need to drink more? Well, the human body needs about 8-10 glasses of water daily. Factoring soda consumption, this can increase the body’s need for water to replenish losses.

So what can you do to stay hydrated with healthier drinking options? In my opinion, water is the healthiest drink on the planet. Think water is too boring? Try jazzing it up with some natural flavor by adding slices of your favorite fruits and veggies, such as lemons, oranges, cucumber, mint, or even watermelon for instant flavor. Additionally, sugar free teas are loaded with antioxidants and are quite refreshing. Health benefits from drinking teas include reductions in risks of heart disease, hypertension, and kidney stones. With so many flavors to choose from, you will be glad you went au naturel. Finally, I greatly enjoy soy beverages, including almond and vanilla milk alternatives. These are low fat and low calorie, but still are fortified with nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D.