6 Good Reasons to Stop Drinking Soft Drinks
Soft Drinks Have Become Too Common in the United States
Soft drinks have become a major part of the diets of many people especially in the United States where I live. Statistics on Nation Master say that the United States is the leading soft drink consuming nation on the planet. Many parents will feed their kids these sugar filled drinks from the time they are young. And this habit continues into adulthood. Soft drink consumption in America has become like a religion. Just like people watch the NFL football games it is almost as if people cannot live without soft drinks. I know that soft drinks taste really good. Have you noticed that many of the foods that taste really good are not good for our health? I admit that drinks like 7-UP, sierra mist and coca cola taste really good but they are not good for our bodies.
Why Write an Article Like This?
Note: I am not a physician but one of the reasons for writing this article is so I can create content of value which will benefit people worldwide. I wrote about the harmful effects of sugar on the human body before but this article only looks at a certain subset of the topic of sugar.
The First Three Reasons to Not Drink Soft Drinks
If you are interested in having good health, one of the strategies that you can use is to avoid drinking soft drinks altogether. And if you are wondering why you should take that step to avoid those sugar filled drinks here are some of those reasons:
1. First of all because soft drinks have sugar in them which can provide you with energy high for about 45 minutes to an hour but after that they offer little nutritional value. I watched a documentary back in middle school where the narrator said that soft drinks are like flavored sugar water. That’s very true. Soft drinks have sugar, carbonated water and artificial flavors.
2 .The average American consumes food and drinks that have little nutritional value and they are just empty calories. It really amazes me how so many people constantly fill their bodies with this sugar in order to become more alert and have a higher energy level. But what these people may not realize is that by drinking soft drinks, the high energy level they get will only be temporary. After that initial high level of energy, your blood sugar will drop and you will be fatigued again. And if you have diabetes, you especially should avoid soft drinks. Sugar for a diabetic is like kryptonite for Superman. The sugar will not be great for your body, let’s just say that. Gatorade is a better drink to consume because it has electrolytes that will replenish lost fluids.
3. Soft drink consumption has been known to lead to tooth decay and the formation of cavities
As any dentist will tell you, soft drink consumption assists in the formation of plaque, a thin kind of film that gets on your teeth, causes your teeth to decay and in severe cases, you can end up getting cavities on your teeth. This will lead to the increases in dental expenses. You would then have to pay for the dentist to fix your teeth. If you don’t have dental insurance, you are most likely going to end up with a heavy price tag. So the idea here is to not drink those drinks in the first place. Sugar can destroy your tooth enamel and it will cause your teeth to rot and this is another reason why you should limit or avoid your soft drink consumption.
The Other Three Reasons to Not Drink Soft Drinks
4. Drinking soft drinks makes you more thirsty
A lot of people think that drinking soft drinks when they are thirsty quenches them of their thirst. If you have been exercising vigorously and you need to replenish fluids for example, do not drink soft drinks. Drink water instead because water will hydrate you while soft drinks will leave you fatigued and dehydrated. Having a hydrated body means that you will be able to concentrate and be more alert. I could drink more water too. Sometimes I’m so busy that I forget to drink water.
5. Increased sugar consumption leads to heart disease and cancer
Sugar is a cancer feeder meaning that it aids in the formation of cancer cells in the body. The sugar in the soft drinks has also been known to lead to heart disease. That’s one of the reasons why my father got a heart attack at the end of 2009. Give your heart and your body the pleasure and health that it needs to function properly by avoiding the soft drink habit. Drinking soft drinks like once per month is okay and won’t really harm you. It is the everyday drinking of soft drinks that will cause damage to your body. There was one study done with 60,000 adults “discovered that those who drank 2 or more sugary sodas per week were 87% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who did not drink soda,” (Joe Leech, 2019). This same article says that “sugary drinks are among the most fattening aspects of the modern diet,” (Joe Leech, 2019).
6. Because there are many drinks that taste better and are healthier than the waste and sugar filled soft drinks.
With so many healthier drinks in this world that are more refreshing and taste much better than those soft drinks, who needs soft drinks anyway? I can recommend for you other alternatives such as orange juice, pineapple juice, and even black tea.
Final Thoughts on the Topic of Soft Drinks
It is my hope that I can educate readers about the harmful effects of soft drinks on our bodies. Drinking soft drinks once in a while is not going to hurt your overall health and well-being but the regular consumption of soft drinks is what leads to so many health problems in people especially when they get older. We only have one human body so doesn’t it make sense to take proper care of it? Your health depends largely on how you take care of your body. Start today by eliminating soft drinks from your diet. If you have been raised in a family where soft drink consumption was the normal routine, it is going to be harder for you to break that habit. Fortunately, my mother never gave me soft drinks when I was younger. She knew about the harmful effects of those drinks and she is a smart woman. You are going to need to be the person that makes the decision to change your diet. It starts with you. Don’t make excuses and continue this habit. How much do you really want to change? I’m assuming that you do want to change your life. If one of your resolutions this year is to be healthier then find ways to change this soft drink habit. Good luck!
Joe Leech, M. (2019, February 8). 13 Ways That Sugary Soda Is Bad for Your Health. Retrieved from Health Line: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/13-ways-sugary-soda-is-bad-for-you
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