People in the U.S. adore their soda beverage which is strongly confirmed by the latest statistics. These drinks are consumed each day and the consumed amount of these drinks is enormous. Namely, 25% of all beverages sold in the U.S. are actually soft drinks.
According to the statistics, in 2000, the American citizens purchased 15 billion gallons of soda, or a 12-ounce can for each citizen, no matter of their age.
Up to now, you must have heard how harmful these soft drinks can be to your body causing unhealthy addiction. However, if you still need more information that can confirm this fact, continue reading, and find all the offered health disadvantages of these drinks. We are just hoping that when you finish reading you will at least reconsider their consumption.
Soda and Osteoporosis
Cola soda is consisted of these main ingredients: caffeine and phosphoric acid.
The Framingham Osteoporosis Study performed a test on the bone mineral density (BMD), in 2006. The tested subjects were 1413 women and 1125 men; it was found out that consuming Cola on regular basis caused a significant reduction of BMD in the hips of female subjects, which are more prone to bone loss contrary to men.
Some studies have already concluded that the cause of this phenomenon is excess amounts of phosphorous thereby preventing the calcium absorption. Furthermore, experts state that phosphoric acid in cola leads to a leakage of calcium out of bones.
Another conducted study revealed that consuming 330 mg of caffeine or four cups of coffee a day can lead to bone loss. It is considered that caffeine impedes the absorption of calcium and causes calcium loss through urine.
Because of all this, if you suffer from osteoporosis Cola should be excluded from your regimen completely, or if you suffer from a disease that prevents calcium absorption, such as Crohn’s disease, and also by people over 50 years old.
Kidney stones and chronic kidney disease
If you didn’t know Cola contains phosphoric acid which can have negative impact on the urinary tract. This can eventually lead to kidney stones formation. If you drink 12-ounce cans, then for sure you are increasing the risk of forming kidney stones by 15%.
Consuming soda can be one of the worst things you can bring to your liver as excessive soda drinking drastically increases the risk of cirrhosis. This condition also happens to chronic alcoholics.
Excess weight is something that is gained thanks to the regular consumption of soft drinks. Namely, soft drinks take the highest place on the list of obesity causes. A single can of sugar-laden soda provides you with one extra unwanted pound each month.
Now, it may occur to you that switching to diet soda is safer solution. This is so wrong as diet soda is even more harmful that the regular soda as it is rich in artificial sweeteners. Diet soda can trigger a wide spectrum of hormonal and physiologic concerns which eventually will make you fat.
If you did not know this, soft drinks can substantially damage the tooth enamel thereby losing your healthy and beautiful smile. Soda is extremely acidic, and due to its chemical composition can cause more damage to the teeth than the added sugars into candies.