16 March 2008 ~ 2 Comments

Why are Sodas Bad for you?

Sometimes I find it quite amusing to see how stubborn many people in society are. On the back of cigarettes, it clearly tells you the consequences of smoking. Yet this is still a multi-billion dollar industry. Likewise, the health industry constantly attacks and blames soda for many of society’s problems such as diabetes, obesity, tooth decay and hyperactivity. Yet so many people relish in its presence as they down bottle after bottle. However, I’m a pretty understanding person. I mean if you are like me, then I like to know the reason behind an objection before I am truly convinced. I wouldn’t expect you to stop drinking soda without enough supporting evidence. Therefore, I will analyze every aspect of soda that makes it bad and pass the message on to you. If you can still drink soda after I’m through, then you are the paradigm of a hard-headed, narrow-minded, self-indulging brain washed zombie!

To get to the truth, we need to first examine the common ingredients of all sodas. The average soda contains caffeine, carbonated water, phosphoric acid, and high fructose corn syrup.

Caffeine is the only ingredient that has some potentially health beneficial substance to it, but it also has some negative downsides as well. Caffeine is a highly addictive chemical that gives you extra energy. If you want to fuel your workout, take caffeine prior. Taking a test? Caffeine has been shown to improve brain function. Caffeine has even been cited to lower the risk of acquiring diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

What about the risks and dangers of caffeine? Since it is highly addictive, it is hard to give it up from the suggested eight hours before you rest. Consequently, it decreases the quality of your sleep and even triggers the activity of sleeping disorders such as restless leg syndrome. Caffeine also increases blood pressure if you have hypertension. Beyond that, caffeine can also cause your bones to lose calcium and even increase your risk of miscarriage. Also, excessive amounts of caffeine daily (more than 400mg, or 4 cups of coffee) greatly increase the risk for heart problems.

Most of the problems with Caffeine do occur in excess, but I rarely see moderate drinking of sodas. In fact, the average American drinks about 3-5 cans of soda a day which is already up to 200mg of caffeine. Add in your energy drink and coffee and you are on the line already! However, Caffeine may be the least of our worries once we discover the downsides to the remaining ingredients.

Unlike caffeine, carbonated water doesn’t have any health benefits. Carbonated water is created by putting carbon dioxide into water (fancy that…). When we breathe, carbon dioxide is our waste product. If our bodies wanted it, why would our bodies keep expelling it? Aside from that logic, they also hurt our bodies by weakening our stomach acid, thereby interfering with digestion. Do you like your pearly white teeth? Then stop drinking carbonated drinks because carbonation speeds up tooth decay by thinning your tooth enamel until it wears it down completely. Do you like weakening your calcium-fortified bodily structures? Good, you will love Phosphoric Acid then.

Phosphoric acid causes your soda to bubble and fizz. Because it is an acid, it burns your insides (you can probably feel it when it hits your empty stomach). It also upsets your body’s phosphorus-calcium balance. Calcium is released from the bones to help restore pH balance in the blood. Add phosphoric acid in the equation, and you are well on your way to weakening your skeletal structure. The result? Osteoporosis.

Finally we arrive at the source of our obesity problem – High Fructose Corn Syrup. With 150 or more calories per drink containing pure sugar, this is a no-brainer that these dead calories contribute to our weight gain. Fructose converts to fat more than any other sugar. It also supplies at least 25% of the total calories of an American diet. Do you want to lose weight? Take out the fructose and you will.

But what about the fructose found in fruits? It is true that fruits contain fructose, but they also contain it in a lot less concentration in fruits than in high fructose corn syrup. In fruits, it is usually a 50/50 ratio between sucrose and fructose. High fructose corn syrup can contain proportions as high as 80/20 fructose/sucrose levels. Another reason why fruit sources aren’t harmful Is that fruits contain fiber which slows down the metabolism of these sugars. In our sodas, fructose is absorbed quickly, thus speeding up the metabolism, and the time that it takes to be turned into fat.

I hope that I have given you reason enough to put down that Pepsi you defiantly were drinking while reading this article you stubborn hag. If you really need the caffeine, get it from other more healthy sources such as tea. Unless you are going to use your cola to clean your toilet (it works, try it by pouring it in the bowl and letting it sit), then there is no benefit to consuming soda-pop (I have always wanted to say that :D).

2 Responses to “Why are Sodas Bad for you?”

  1. STEPHANIE 15 March 2010 at 6:37 pm Permalink

    i read it…
    and as i was reading it i STARED at my pepsi right in front of me and took a sip 🙂
    IT WAS DELICIOUS!

  2. Jeremy 25 July 2010 at 8:38 am Permalink

    And people wonder why no other country likes us. It’s because we are fat and lazy and greedy. We absolutely need a food health reformation in this country. Great article, I will pass it on.