What’s More Deadly… Soda vs. Alcohol!
We have an answer for you – SODAS! Sounds amazing, right? Now listen up: There is no epidemic of alcoholism in this country, and there is a real epidemic of adult and juvenile diabetes, obesity, heart diseases, cancers and other health problems caused by sodas.
Alcohol drinks are sold on certain times only, prohibited for sale near churches, limited by age restrictions, can’t be openly consumed on the streets, in the parks, on the beaches, nor during transportation. The danger of consuming alcohol by pregnant women is openly and mandatorily stipulated on every bottle of alcohol sold in this country. Alcohol in moderation is not dangerous, red wine, also in moderation, is considered beneficial due to its anti-oxidants and resveratrol.
In comparison, sodas are omnipotent and omnipresent. They are everywhere. They are consumed massively by young children, elderly, healthy people, sickly people and even by pregnant women; without any warnings or prohibitions! But they are deadly!
All sodas are “empty” and worthless for your body, often addictive or plain dangerous!
Lets repeat it again – ALL sodas are worthless for your body; often addictive or plain dangerous for your health!
That is why we will focus mainly on SODAS.
Juice based sodas usually have very little juice contained. Supplemented beverages with vitamins or flavored water such as “vitamin type of waters” have such a negligible amount of vitamins that your body does not see any difference.
Some people drink soda pop as if it is water and some completely replace it for water! Sure, the primary ingredient is water but, with all the other “stuff” it contains; can have a toxic… poisonous… lethal… venomous… seriously harmful effect on your entire body! Drinking soda pop is a sure-fire way to age faster. Here’s why:
Soda Pop (or carbonated soft drinks) has an alarming amount of sugar, calories and harmful additives in it that have absolutely no nutritional value. Studies have linked soda to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease. Despite this, soda accounts for more than one-quarter of all drinks consumed in the United States and we wonder why we can’t lose weight and incur health problems. We encourage illness and diseases little-by-little every day by NOT preventing their cause. We know better! We try to fool ourselves, but our bodies’ cells can’t be fooled by what we put in our mouths! “Watch Your Mouth!” Next time you look at a can of soda pop, take note of the ingredients and smarten up for the good of your own FitLife! Think about the healthy future lifespan of your own children & grandchildren. What you are about to read should turn you away from sodas altogether.
Here’s What’s in Soda Pop:
Phosphoric Acid: May interfere with the body’s ability to use calcium, which can lead to osteoporosis or softening of the teeth and bones. Phosphoric acid also neutralizes the hydrochloric acid in your stomach, which can interfere with digestion, making it difficult to utilize nutrients.
Sugar: Soft drink manufacturers are the largest single user of refined sugar in the United States. It is a proven fact that sugar increases insulin levels, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, premature aging and many more negative side effects. Most sodas include over 100 percent of the RDA of sugar.
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Aspartame: This chemical is used as a sugar substitute in diet soda. There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption including brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders and epilepsy/seizures. Further, when aspartame is stored for long periods of time or kept in warm areas it changes to methanol, an alcohol that converts to formaldehyde and formic acid, which are known carcinogens.
Caffeine: Caffeinated drinks can cause jitters, insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, breast lumps, birth defects, and perhaps some forms of cancer.
Soda is one of the main reasons, nutritionally speaking, why many people suffer health problems. Aside from the negative effects of the soda itself, drinking a lot of soda is likely to leave you with little appetite for vegetables, protein and other food that your body needs.
How many sodas have you had today? How about your kids? The average American drinks an estimated 56 gallons of soft drinks each year, but before you grab that next can of soda, consider this: one can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites.
Teenagers and children, are the largest consumers of soft drinks and the products are marketed towards this young demographic target audience. In the past 10 years, soft drink consumption among children has almost doubled in the United States. Teenage boys now drink, on average, three or more cans of sodas per day and 10 percent drink seven or more cans a day. The average teenage girl drinks more than two cans a day and 10 percent drink more than five cans a day. That’s scary, very scary!
Okay, so most enlightened consumers already know that colas contain a fair amount of caffeine. It turns out to be 35 to 38 milligrams per 12-ounce can, or roughly 28 percent of the amount found in an 8-ounce cup of coffee. But few know that diet colas — usually chosen by those who are trying to dodge calories and/or sugar — often pack a lot more caffeine.
A 12-ounce can of Diet Coke, for example, has about 42 milligrams of caffeine — seven more than the same amount of Coke Classic. A can of Pepsi One has about 56 milligrams of caffeine — 18 milligrams more than both regular Pepsi and Diet Pepsi.
Even harder to figure out is the caffeine distribution in other flavors of soda pop. Many brands of root beer contain no caffeine. An exception is Barq’s, made by the Coca-Cola Co., which has 23 milligrams per 12-ounce can. Sprite, 7-Up and ginger ale are caffeine-free. But Mountain Dew, the curiously named Mello Yellow, Sun Drop Regular, Jolt and diet as well as regular Sunkist orange soda all pack caffeine.
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Caffeine occurs naturally in kola nuts, an ingredient of cola soft drinks. But why is this drug, which is known to create physical dependence, added to other soft drinks?
The industry line is that small amounts are added for taste, not for the drug’s power to sustain demand for the products that contain it. Caffeine’s bitter taste, they say, enhances other flavors. “It has been a part of almost every cola — and pepper-type beverage — since they were first formulated more than 100 years ago,” according to the National Soft Drink Association.
But recent blind taste tests conducted at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore found that only 8 percent of regular soft drink consumers could identify the difference between regular and caffeine-free soft drinks.
The study included only subjects who reported that they drank soft drinks mainly for their caffeine content. In other words, more than 90 percent of the self-diagnosed caffeine cravers in this small sample could not detect the presence of caffeine.
That’s why the great popularity of caffeinated soft drinks is driven not so much by subtle taste effects as by the mood-altering and physical dependence of caffeine that drives the daily self-administration. The unknown could be especially troublesome for the developing brains of children and adolescents. Logic dictates that when you are dependent on a drug, you are really upsetting the normal balances of neurochemistry in the brain. The fact that kids have withdrawal signs and symptoms when the caffeine is stopped is a good indication that something has been profoundly disturbed in the brain.
Exactly where that leads is anybody’s guess — which is to say there is little good research on the effects of caffeine on kids’ developing brains.