Around the world, many people drink soda each day and think nothing of it. The harsh truth is that soda and excess sugar consumption is the main contributor to a variety of health issues including heart disease, diabetes, asthma and autoimmune issues, to name just a few.
Find out what happens inside your body when you drink soda.
Twenty minutes after drinking soda, your blood sugar spikes. This causes a burst of insulin. Insulin causes the cells in the liver, muscle, and fat tissue to take up sugar in your blood and convert it to glycogen that can be stored in the liver and muscles. Then your liver responds to this by turning it into fat.
About forty minutes after consumption, if your soda contains caffeine, your pupils dilate and your blood pressure rises. As a response to this, your liver dumps sugar into your bloodstream and you feel more awake.
About forty-five minutes after you drink a soft drink, your body increases dopamine production and stimulates the pleasure centers in your brain. From a physical standpoint, this is the same way that heroin works.
The relationship between soda consumption and obesity is incredibly strong. For each soda one consumes, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times.
- 70% of cardiovascular disease is related to obesity.
- 42% of breast and colon cancer occurs in obese people.
- 30% of gallbladder sugar is related to obesity.
Sodium benzoate is a preservative found in many soft drinks. Many people react to sodium benzoate but do not make the association. Sodium benzoate can cause rashes, asthma and eczema.
Caramel color is often added to colas. This coloring has a bad reputation and is something that should be avoided, however even worse, when caramel color is mixed with ammonia and sulfites at high temperatures can create carcinogenic chemicals. Sulfites and ammonia are used in the manufacturing of sodas.
Colas have been associated with kidney stones as well as other renal problems.
Depression and Anxiety
Depression and anxiety have both been shown to improve with low sugar diets.
The sugar and acid in soda easily dissolves tooth enamel.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
High fructose corn syrup is an incredibly sugary sweetener that has a nasty impact on the body. It is cheaper than table sugar and that is why it is used to sweeten soda. It is processed differently than regular table sugar or other sugars within the body. It is implicated in metabolic syndrome.
Excess sugar in the diet is now known to be the leading cause of heart disease. One can of soda contains roughly 44 grams of sugar.
Cancer, Autoimmune Disease and Hormone Disruption
Soft drink cans are often coated with BPW (bisphenyl-A) which is implicated in cancer, autoimmune disease and hormone issues.
People who drink soda have an 80% increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The phosphoric acid contained in soda has been implicated in an increased risk of osteoporosis.