If you survey your local supermarket, you may find a few different types of sodas. The truth is that Coca-Cola (a household name in soda manufacturing) alone has more than 3,500 different types of soft drinks. It would take you 9 years to try them all. Japan is known to carry many exotic flavors of soda, including green tea, cucumber, wasabi, yogurt, and cheese.
Soda has a dangerously high amount of sugar, empty calories and no nutritional value. It has been documented, that consuming two cans a day of soda pop will pack on 2 pounds of unwanted fat a month.
Soda suppresses appetite. This means that children, as well as adults, are less likely to consume the proper nutrients that their body needs. Soda drinkers will less likely consume the recommended levels of calcium, vitamin A, magnesium, and other important vitamins and nutrients.
Soda weakens growing bones. Phosphorus, a common ingredient in soda pop, is known to deplete growing bones of much needed calcium. This means that bones can fracture more often and more easily.
Soda is a dehydrating diuretic, and can hinder the proper function of the delicate digestive system. The stomach has a fragile acid/alkaline balance, and drinking soda on a regular basis can upset this balance, as a prolonged acidic environment in the stomach can cause inflammation and severe pain.
Tooth decay is directly linked to soda consumption. Not only does the excessive sugar found in soda contribute to cavities, but the acid in soda will eat way at tooth enamel. Acid will begin to destroy tooth enamel in a little as 20 minutes. Many dentists report that teenagers, who habitually drink soda, have no enamel on their front teeth.
Soda is addictive. According to a Johns Hopkins report, caffeine is one of the most common mood-altering drugs in the entire world. Consumption of caffeine causes physical dependence. Many adults are unable to quit consuming caffeine, even if they wanted to, and children may become addicted quicker due to their smaller size. A 12 ounce can of regular soda holds at least 35 milligrams of caffeine. Thinking that diet soda is a better choice, because of the caloric reduction, they can expect to consume 56 milligrams of caffeine per can.
Soda consumption can negatively affect the natural balance of the brain’s neurochemistry. Aspartame, an ingredient found in many diet sodas, is potentially toxic to the brain, and can disrupt the body’s endocrine system. Citric acid, another ingredient found in sodas, may contain MSG (Monosodium glutamate), which is also said to be toxic to brain function. These toxins, in high levels, have been linked to learning disorders, behavioral problems, brain tumors, and diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.