Wellness Mama is a great website and blog with lots of great information. On www.wellnessmama.com there is a great list of 10 reasons to avoid soda. Soda contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar. This sugar along with artificial sugar leads to increase in carb cravings and increased intake in sugar and carbs. It is interesting to see that soft drink companies are the largest user of sugar in the country.
Soda contains both phosphoric acid and citric acid that leads to a more acidic environment in the body. This leads to the body having to neutralize the acidity and alkalinize the body. It does this by pulling calcium out of storage in the bones and teeth. This leads to softening of the bones. On top of that, you can say goodbye to the pearly whites. Research published in General Dentistry shows that mouths of cocaine-users, methamphetamine-user, and a habitual diet-soda drinker, found the same level of tooth erosion due to citric acid eroding the enamel over time. One diet soda a day leads to a 36% increased risk for metabolic syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes.
Diet soda uses artificial sweeteners to make a calorie-free drink. This can lead to calorie confusion and weight gain. It still triggers insulin that can push the body to store fat.
Diet sodas are a chemically altered, multiple sodium and aspartame containing product that might make you crave carbs. These drinks provide no nutritional value to your diet. Aspartame has been linked to almost a hundred different health problems including seizures, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, diabetes, and emotional disorders. Researchers from the University of Texas found that over the course of about 10 years, diet soda drinkers had a 70% greater increase in waist circumference compared with non-drinkers. And participants who drank 2 or more sodas experienced a 500% greater increase.. University of Miami and Columbia University research showed that soda drinkers were 43% more likely to experience a vascular event. Therefore, soda drinkers are more at risk for stroke, heart attack, or vascular disease. American Academy of Neurology showed that over the course of 10 years people who drank more than four cups of soda a day were 30% were more likely to develop depression.
Sodas containing high fructose corn syrup. Most of this corn has been genetically modified, and there are no long term sturdies showing the safety of these genetically modified foods. Also, interesting to note that high fructose corn syrup has mercury.
Northern Kentucky University showed that low-calorie cocktail mixers get you drunk faster than sugar-based beverages. Had a higher breath alcohol concentration possibly because they are absorbed into the bloodstream more quickly.
When aspartame gets above 86 degrees Fahrenheit the wood alcohol in aspartame converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid. This leads to metabolic acidosis. Formaldehyde is a severe toxin to the body and formic acid is an irritant (found in fire ants). This is stored in the fat of humans.