We get it, some of us, especially on a hot summer day. We often reach for the iced cold soft drink. Be it that favorite cola-flavored drink, with ice to boot. Or maybe you are the lemon or lime flavored type of person, in short, nothing beats the summer heat with a glass of that carbonated goodness.
But before you reach for that second drink, does it ever occur to you what makes soft drinks so addicting? and how if you are a constant soda drinker, how does this affect you in the long run? Consuming too much, which some of us a guilty of, may not be healthy in the long run.
That’s why here are some things on why you should try ditching that soda, and maybe opt for something healthier.
1. Loaded with sugar - Not just soda, which is far by the worse among what is called “sugary drinks”. In general, sugary drinks, including soda are loaded with a different collection of sugars or sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup and sucrose, etc. and they are the some of biggest sources of calories, and non of the nutrients. In fact “Consider the fact that a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola has a whopping 39 grams of sugar -- that's equivalent to about 10 teaspoons, and more than we should consume in an entire day".
2. Risk Factor for Insulin resistance - Soda is some of the worst when it comes to the lack of nutrients and is extremely loaded with calories. Since they are loaded with sugar, which the cells in your body only need a certain amount of. This causes excess glucose in the body and can lead to the overproduction of insulin. A hormone that facilitates the absorption or passage of glucose to get into your different cells in the body. Over time, your body will soon experience the effects of glucotoxicity, damage to beta cells, and sooner, hyperglycemia. This means, the body can no longer process the excess levels of glucose in the blood, and soon develop insulin resistance. Which in turn, hosts a whole new set of problems in the body.
3. Bad For Your Teeth - Soda is acidic, which also lowers the surrounding pH of the mouth. The rapid drop in pH level in the mouth can cause tooth decay and erode the enamel.
4. They are Addictive - Let’s face it, it’s hard to quit or cutting soda into your diet. Which is linked to the release of dopamine. A hormone that is released in the brain and nervous system. It’s a hormone associated with pleasure and feeling good. This is why, we always do things or in this case drink soda, because of its “feel good” effect on our body.