It was our favorite drink as kids and it may even be our favorite drink until now. With its distinct flavor and sweet pop, soda has undoubtedly captured the taste buds of the youth throughout various generations.
As the drink took on more forms and new flavors, scientists and researchers have revealed the dark truth behind our beloved beverage. The reality is that soda isn’t all that good for you. In all actuality, it’s one of the worst things you can drink on a regular basis. Here’s why:
It disrupts your sleep
For those who consistently drink soda (more than once a day), the amount of caffeine being deposited into your system is immense. Caffeine, as we’ve seen from serial coffee drinkers, can block the effects of sleep-inducing hormones like serotonin and melatonin, which in turn, can keep you up all night and prevent your body from getting proper rest.
It causes your health to decline
A can or bottle of soda is packed with sugar and artificial sweeteners that can cause ripple effects throughout your body over the years. Blood sugar levels will rise when you drink soda frequently, which can eventually lead to obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and more.
It increases your weight
The carbonated drink has zero nutritional value – it’s all taste! And while soda certainly does taste good, those looking to watch their weight will be surprised to find significant gains. Regular sodas contain about 140 calories a can; if you drink a can a day, you’ll be taking in about 4,200 extra calories every month. And before you reach for that diet soda, just know that they’re just as bad. Studies show that those who drink diet soda actually gain more weight than those who drink regular ones.
It rots your teeth
Soda both stains and corrodes your pearly whites to an extreme extent. Because soda is so acidic, the enamel on your teeth can easily be worn away, making you more prone to tooth decay. In fact, in one study, researchers exposed teeth to soda products for 48 hours. It was found that they lost 5% of their weight, which led researchers to compare soda to battery acid.
It weakens your bones
Aside from bad teeth, soda can also make for bad bones. The popular fizzy drinks contain phosphoric acid, which makes it difficult for your body to absorb calcium. This can lead to skeletal disorders like osteoporosis, where victims suffer from low bone mass and high risk of fractures.