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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What about you? What are your reasons for deciding to quit drinking soda, or for continuing to do so?