USA has been facing a junkfood crisis for as long as I can remember. Obesity has been a pertinent issue faced by the States.
Soda amounts to more than 25 percent of drinks consumed in the States. That is an extremely worrying statistic. It roughly translates to the average citizen-man, woman, baby, all included- consumes at least twelve ounces of soda/sugary beverage every day. This is far from an ideal scenario.
EFFECTS OF SODA ON THE BODY
1. EXTRA POUNDS
It makes us fat. This comes as no surprise. You do not have to abstain from it once and forever, but drinking in moderation is to be practiced. It may even lead to hormonal imbalances.
2. SODA DAMAGES YOUR LIVER
Cirrhosis of liver is a very dangerous disease. This is akin to what alcoholism leads to. The damage of a very integral organ of your system is surely not what you’re winning to risk over a 2-pence can of slow-kill beverage.
3. TOOTH DECAY
The tooth enamel is severely damaged by these sugared soft drinks. Tooth decay is multiplied several times if we consume too many of these canned products. The acid quantity has detrimental effects on our enamel.
4. KIDNEY STONES AND CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE
It manipulates our urinary tract and leads to accumulation of dirt in the kidney. This gives rise to the very painful and cumbersome, kidney-stone.
This is a very important issue, and you don’t know when it hits. Maintaining a steady and healthy body-mass is extremely important in order to avoid blood-sugar rise.
In USA, 69 percent of us are overweight and over 35 percent of us are obese. If these trends continue, one in three Americans could have Type 2 diabetes by 2050. This regulation and study is therefore extremely important.
6. HEARTBURN & ACID REFLUX
The air molecules trapped in these beverages and the carbonated quality is extremely bad for our cardiovascular functioning. It can lead to your stomach being distended.
7. SOFT DRINKS + SOFT BONES + OSTEOPOROSIS
If you don’t want to have to depend on calcium supplements all your life, regulate your soda intake immediately. It greatly weakens the basic skeleton that our form depends on, leading to a lot of joint pain and other detrimental health damages.
8. HYPERTENSION (HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE)
An extended period of blood pressure malfunctioning can cause severe damage to internal organs.
9. HEART DISEASE
As stated earlier, our cardiovascular activities are severely affected by this. People, who consume too much soda, stand at a higher risk of heart attacks. It even causes fluctuations in our basic metabolism.
10. IMPAIRED DIGESTION (GASTROINTESTINAL DISTRESS)
The level of acid in our stomach is important for proper functioning of digestive resources. If they fluctuate, or are obstructed, then the fuel that our body runs by will be hampered.
Soda may be the five absolute worst foods and drinks you can consume. Even though fat has 250 percent more calories than sugar, the food that people get most of their calories from is sugar from corn, or high fructose corn syrup.
According to USDA estimates, the per capita consumption of HFCS was about 40 pounds per year as of 2007, primarily in the form of soft drinks. Tragically, high fructose corn syrup in the form of soda, is now the number one source of calories in the United States.
However, instead of being scared of the harmful effects of soda-intake, you can do something greater: stop yourself. Since you are now completely aware of what soda does to your body, you have the conscious power to stop it from doing severe health damages to your body and wellbeing. Just by removing soda from your diet, you can see a major, healthy change being initiated in your body.
In fact, it has been controversially stated that, the effects of avoiding soft drinks or any other sugary beverage, is even higher than giving up on smoking. This observation has surprised several people, but it does hold true. Try it out yourself!