Arguably the world’s most famous brand-name, millions of people a day drink this sugary soda.
We have been told for years that sugar in soda is bad for our health, it rots our teeth and is stored as fat if it isn’t burned off, but there are many other undesirables lurking in your bottle of coke.
Increasing studies on the impact of soda on our health show a link between consumption and illnesses as serious as alzheimer’s.
Here are the 22 main reasons why you should avoid this soda at all costs.
- Drinking too much soda can decrease liver function. This 11 year Harvard study has shown links between diet soft drinks and kidney decline.
- Sugary soda increases your risk of diabetes. Too much sugar overloads the pancreas, which produces too much insulin, increasing the risk of develpoing diabetes.
- Soda cans are lined with BPA. This endocrine disruptor has been linked to heart disease and obesity.
- Soda causes dehydration. The high levels of caffeine in soda causes dehydration, which in iteslf is a dangerous condition. The body works much better when it is hydrated properly and can absorb nutrients.
- The caramel colouring is linked to cancer. The chemical reactions which cause the caramel colour found in coke produce 2-methylimidazole (2-MI) and 4 methylimidazoles (4-MI), which were linked to thyroid cancer and lukemia in test mice.
- Caramel colour is also linked to vascular isuues. Dr. Nehal N. Mehta, director of Inflammatory Risk Cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania has found a link between the colouring and vacular.
- Sugary soda is very high in calories. One can of cola contains 17 teaspoons of sugar.
- Caffeine blocks the absorption of magnesium. Magnesium is essential for many bodily functions.
- Soda increases the risk of obesity in children. Obesity is much harder to overcome when it has started in childhood.
- Soda increase heart disease in men. One soda a day can increase the risk of heart disease by as much as 20%.
- The acid in soda wear away the enamel on your teeth. Coke can be used to remove tough stains from toilets, imagine what it is doing to your teeth.
- Soda contains high amounts of sugar. Too much sugar is bad for you body in many ways, drinking sugary soda is the easiest way to deliver sugar into your body.
- Soda contains artificial sweetners. Artificial sweeteners that are used instead of sugar in diet soda such as aspartame, has been linked to cancer.
- Soda depleats your mineral levels. This study on mineral levels showed lower bone density in those who drank more soda.
- Drinking soda regularly affects your metabolism. One study by the Health Exercise and Rehabilitation group at Bangor University in England showed that regularly drinking soda can permanently lower your metabolism making it harder for you to lose weight in the future.
- Drinking more than one soda a day increases your risk of heart disease and metabolic syndrome. Ravi Dhingra, M.D from Harvard Medical School states “If you are drinking one or more soft drinks a day, you may be increasing your risk of developing metabolic risk factors for heart disease.”
- Diet soda does not help you lose weight. Studies have shown that drinking diet soda can actually make you put on weight. One study showed diet soda increased waistlines by 500%.
- Diet sodas contain mold inhibitors such as sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate. “These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it – they knock it out altogether,” Peter Piper, professor of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Sheffield.
- Sodas containing ascorbic acid and potassium benzoate can form benzene, a known carcinogen.
- Sodas are linked to non-alcoholic fattu liver disease (NAFLD) a serious liver condition commonly found in overweight individuals.
- Some sodas contain flame retardant. Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is contained in certain sodas and is effective as a flame retardent.
- Soda is linked to asthma. This study showed a link between soda consumption and asthma.
But being not only a beverage company but also one of the world’s largest players in terms of business, Coca Cola has ties to many corporations with conflicted interests.
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