The issue about soda is that everyone knows it’s bad for you. Even still, for many of us, a can of coke is the ultimate comfort drink, a much-needed pick-me-up after a big meal, and the go-to beverage in the summer heat. While most of us have heard about the health hazards linked with drinking soda, it appears that we don’t take the information too seriously.
Perhaps the negative effects of fizzy drinks are exaggerated? We’re all still alive because we drank it, right? And, besides, don’t the physicians exaggerate everything?
Without further ado, here are the top 15 very real health hazards we expose ourselves to whenever we open a can of soda from the fridge:
1. Water deficiency
Headache, weariness, constipation, elevated blood pressure, and other apparently unrelated symptoms can all be signs of dehydration, which happens not just because we don’t drink enough water (though this is typically the case), but also because we consume too many diuretic foods and beverages. Sugary fizzy beverages (together with alcohol, coffee, pickles, smoked meats, and preserved sauces) are the most dehydrating things on our tables.
2. Increased Cancer Risk
Brown caramel coloring is the most prevalent chemical in cancer-causing fizzy drinks, but it is far from the only one. Many of the preservatives, synthetic sugars, and complex compounds stated on the label of your drink are believed (or have previously been shown) to be carcinogenic. Pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer, thyroid cancer, and leukemia are among the malignancies that habitual soda users are more likely to develop.
3. Obesity and weight gain
Sugary beverages (juices, sodas, and energy drinks) are often blamed for the obesity pandemic in affluent countries. A single serving of Coke may contain up to 200 calories – the equivalent of a dinner! However, unlike a meal, it does not make you feel full even for a short period of time, so you do not compensate by eating less. Regular intake of sugary drinks puts you at danger of obesity, which is not only an aesthetic concern but also a possible contributor to other health conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
4. Increased NAFLD Risk
All of the colors and tastes in beverages are broken down in our liver, which is a lot of effort for an organ that also has to cope with the metabolization of added sugars. When your liver is overworked, it converts excess sugar into fat, putting you at risk of NAFLD, or nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. It is a health concern that affects 20%-30% of the adult population globally, and there is a documented link between a high intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and the risk of developing NAFLD.
5. Metabolic Changes
Fizzy beverages heavy in sugar and artificial sweeteners alter the intestinal microbiota and make it more difficult for your body to determine when you’re full. As a result of the imbalance in gut flora, you are not only more inclined to overeat, but your body will also struggle to digest all that food and turn it into energy. And whatever that does not become energy is converted into fat cells!
6. Increased Risk of Heart Disease
Excess sugar consumption has long been associated with an elevated risk of heart disease. Soda includes a high concentration of sugar and caffeine, both of which elevate blood pressure and activate the nervous system, posing an immediate challenge to your heart. In the long term, soda addiction can lead to a variety of heart disease risk factors such as excessive blood sugar and high “bad” cholesterol. The link between sugary beverages and heart disease is so strong that if you’re prone to heart problems, you might want to forgo soda entirely.
The major cause of cavities is, of course, sugar (as well as most artificial sweeteners in “diet” sodas), but it’s the acid in carbonated beverages that weakens tooth enamel and renders it accessible to cavity-causing bacteria that thrive in sugar.
8.Damage to the Dental Enamel
Fizzy drinks frequently have a hue that corresponds to the component that is allegedly included in the drink. The acid causing tooth and gum disease is phosphoric acid, which is utilized to keep the color of the teeth. The irony is that there are certain transparent drinks that, ostensibly, should be safe — but they aren’t since phosphoric acid is also used to keep them translucent.
9. Low Bone Mineral Density
Another impact of the caffeine and phosphoric acid combination found in most fizzy drinks is that it inhibits calcium absorption, resulting in a considerable loss in bone density over time. If you don’t want to put yourself at danger of getting osteoporosis later in life, make soda one of your very infrequent indulgences!
10. Increased Diabetes Risk
Cancerogenic colorings and preservatives are all possible hazards, but the major and most obvious issue with sodas is their high calorie content. The relationship between consuming too many readily digested carbohydrates (a.k.a. sugars) and the risk of type 2 diabetes has long been established, and a 330 ml can of cola has 35 grams of sugar – that’s nine teaspoons! That is a mature man’s entire everyday routine.