Five Reasons to Quit Drinking Soda

 

One of the things I have been attempting to accomplish lately is to quit drinking soda. (Or coke, pop, cola, etc., whatever you call it depending on which part of the country you are from!) A couple of years ago, I completely cut soda out of my diet, and I felt much healthier and better about myself. I didn’t drink any soda for over a year, but within the last six months I have gone back to drinking soda more frequently, and I am now ready to completely cut it out of my diet for good! I have compiled a list of reasons on why pop is bad for you, and why I should stop drinking it for good. Hopefully I will be able to listen to my own advice and kick this habit! And if this post helps someone else, that makes it even better!

Reasons to Quit Drinking Soda

 

1.       Soda makes you gain weight. This is definitely one of the main reasons that I would like to stop drinking soda. The average can of soda (12 ounces), contains 150 calories. This amount goes up if you drink sodas with even more sugar such as Cream Soda (sadly, one of my personal favorites) which contains 190 calories per can. If you drink only one can of soda per day, you will be consuming an extra 150 calories, which can equal out to over 15 pounds gained in one year! Obviously, if you drink two cans that number would double, and so on the more you continue to drink. Now don’t start to think that diet soda is better than regular! As far as I am concerned, diet soda is every bit as bad for you as regular soda, if not worse. Many studies have shown that people who switch to drinking diet sodas do not lose weight, but can actually gain weight! There are many different theories on why this occurs. One of the more popular theories suggests that although the artificial sweeteners in diet soda taste sweet, your body recognizes that you are not consuming real sugar and it makes you crave the real thing even more. Another popular idea is that when you drink diet soda, you feel like you can justify consuming more food since you are drinking a diet soda. No matter what the reason is for this, there is certainly enough evidence to keep me far away from diet soda! Not only does diet soda NOT keep you from gaining weight, it also contains the artificial sweetener aspartame. Aspartame is a chemical sweetener that although (sadly) is FDA approved, there have been many controversies over the use of it in food and drinks that people consume. Some people believe that it can cause cancer, brain tumors, fibromyalgia, and numerous other ailments that affect different people. Although I am sure that not all of the claims are true, there is too much evidence against it for me to personally believe that it is acceptable for me to consume any beverage containing aspartame. Diet sodas also contain high levels of sodium, which can leave you feeling bloated. Not a pleasant feeling a all!

2.       It has absolutely no nutritional value. Zero. Nada. Zilch. Drinking a can of soda is like pouring straight sugar-laced chemicals into your body. It doesn’t even keep you hydrated! In fact, because it contains caffeine, it can make you have to use the restroom more frequently, and there is a risk of becoming dehydrated if you are drinking to much soda and not enough water.

3.       It is bad for your teeth. The sugar and chemicals in soda can eat away at the enamel on your teeth, causing you to become more prone to cavities and other tooth problems. The darker colored sodas can also stain your teeth, turning them a nasty yellow instead of the beautiful white that they should be. Never a good thing!

4.       Regular Soda is full of sugar. And I mean incredibly full. The average can of soda contains forty grams of sugar. That may not sound like much, but four grams is approximately equal to one teaspoon. That is ten teaspoons of sugar in ONE twelve ounce can of soda! What if you are drinking two, three, or four cans a day? If you are drinking five cans of soda a day (equal to 60 ounces) you are consuming over one cup of sugar – just in the soda alone. This amount of sugar is simply not healthy for anyone to consume in such large quantities – and can also lead to diabetes.  

5.       Lastly, soda contains caffeine. Sure, caffeine can keep you awake occasionally when you really need it but overall it is not healthy to consume very much caffeine if any on a daily basis. Some individuals experience side effects from using caffeine such as headaches, diarrhea, constipation, and moodiness. Other people can become addicted to caffeine and have an extremely difficult time when they decide to quit consuming it. Although I personally do not consider caffeine to be one of the worst ingredients in pop, it definitely isn’t exactly healthy either.

 Although I'm sure I will personally have a difficult time in my quest to quit drinking soda, I have made this one of my new goals and I plan on stopping immediately. Hopefully I will be successful and live a more healthy life from now on. Good luck to anyone else trying to do the same!

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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

Good luck with this one, I have tried many times, but its one of my only vices, I feel a little pathetic that it is so difficult to give up, but at the same time, I can only drink so much water...

P.S. you forgot about the acids in Soda, if you left a can in a room for over a year, it would eventually eat holes in the aluminum, which is another terrific reason to quit. The acids in soda pulls calcium from your bones during the digestive process. Heavy soda drinking leads to osteoporosis problems later in life.


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Donna Janelle 6 years ago from Oklahoma Author

It is hard to give up! I've only gone one day and it's already challenging.

Thank you for adding your point about the acids in soda! I've never heard that they can eat holes in aluminum in only one year...that is crazy! Another wonderful reason to quit drinking soda :)


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M Selvey, MSc 6 years ago from United Kingdom

I used to be a Diet Coke addict - and it is definitely hard to give up! I have managed to do so - so it can be done. But, it was not until I was hit with some health problems that seem to have a direct link to the soda and the aspartame.

Even still, I have moments of temptation where I (think) I really miss it. I am going to print out your hub to keep with me to remind me why I stopped drinking it! :-)

Excellent hub and welcome to HubPages!


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hudlife 6 years ago from South Carolina

I need to share this with my wife! She is survives on Diet Coke. She has tried to stop many times though.

Nice hub! Voted up and useful!


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CarolineMichelle 6 years ago from Colorado Springs

Another very important reason to stop drinking soda is that the phosphorus in soda weakens our bones and causes calcium loss. Thanks for writing about this very important topic!


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Donna Janelle 6 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks CarolineMichelle! That is another great reason I will have to add to my list!


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Yaright 5 years ago from Minnesota

Very well written with a lot of detail. I like that you included the causes of Aspartame. Not a lot of people know what it can do.

I drink maybe 2 cans a day. And the pop I do drink is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup instead of aspartame. (I don't like how diet tastes)


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Donna Janelle 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thank you Yaright.

I don't like the taste of diet either - I probably wouldn't drink it even if it was good for you! :)


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katrinasui 5 years ago

Good writeup on such a good topic. i didn't know that drinking soda is very bad for our health.


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Donna Janelle 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Katrinasui - yes, drinking soda is definitely not good for you. Unfortunately, it is not an easy habit to break!


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SarahFlynn 5 years ago from Arizona

I must admit that I had an addiction to Coke for a long time...once I stopped, it was amazing the difference I could notice. All of your points are absolutely true and people should quit drinking soda!


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Donna Janelle 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thank you SarahFlynn for commenting! I'm glad you were able to beat your addiction to coke! It really does help you lead a healthier life.


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skear 5 years ago from Kansas City

Giving up soda is not easy! It took a while but now that I've stopped drinking soda I feel so much healthier. I've lost weight, and gained energy.


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NateSean 5 years ago from Salem, MA

Sadly, I love soda too much to quit it. And if it's taken in moderation it's not the worse thing that can enter your body.

They do make organic sodas that don't contain all of the extra ingredients and artificial sweeteners that make Coke and Pepsi so problematic.


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA

Awesome hub, loved it and I don't crave that much soda..I mean I drink seltzer a lot. Very valid points!!


hiit 5 years ago

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Lacey 23 months ago

BS low - ralionatity high! Really good answer!

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