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Soda: The lethal Addiction

Updated on January 9, 2012

The first soda was invented back in 1886 by a pharmacist from Atlanta by the name of John. P. Pemberton. By simply mixing up carbonated water, sugar, flavoring, caffeine and a bit of the now illegal substance cocaine the very first Coca-Cola was born. The cocaine was removed shortly after its creation, but that didn't hinder the popularity of the drink and today sodas are the most consumed beverage in the United States.

Back in 1886 the only way for you to enjoy this surgery beverage was straight from the fountain tap. It took Americans time and effort to get to the tasty treat. In 1894, that effort became a bit easier when they began bottling the soda in single 10oz serving bottles. In 1916, the bottles were scaled down even further into 6.5-ounce bottles and were still only being sold one bottle at a time. Up to this point in time soda was considered a treat in any household. That was soon about to change just four short years later.

In 1920 because of the high demands by consumers, Coca-Cola started selling convenient six pack bottles to the public. In the early 1950s the soda became so popular that it could be purchased in 10oz, 12oz, and 24oz bottles! It was only a matter of time before the first 2 littler made its debut in 1978. From this point on the health of the American public and the future of diabetes would never be the same!

We have come a long way from drinking just one 6.5 ounce bottle a week as a treat to drinking 32oz-64oz monster mugs as a daily staple. I hate to pop any soda bubbles out there, but sodas are the last beverage that any of us should be consuming more of. Soda's today contain phosphoric acid. This is that great little ingredient that gives soda its tangy fizzy flavor Unfortunately, what gives soda its fizzy flavor is also what is used in industry to remove rust! Phosphoric acid is the reason that some people pour soda on their battery terminals to clean off the rust and corrosion. This type of acid in soda is not only known for doing some serious damage to your teeth but also to your bodies’ ph. balance by lowering the ph. and making your body more acidic. Remember that diseases such as cancer, diabetes and a slew of others love nothing more than for you to provide them with an acidic breeding ground. Phosphoric acid also draws minerals from your bones such as calcium and magnesium. I have repeatedly warned about low magnesium levels and sudden cardiac deaths so it's very important to take a magnesium supplement if you drink a lot of soda. Phosphoric acid is also linked to chronic kidney disease and kidney stones.

I currently know of two ladies who have been hospitalized repeatedly for kidney problems due to their enormous soda intake. One of these ladies has just recently had catheter tubes inserted into both of her kidneys through her back and urinates into plastic bags in her pockets! If this is not enough to stop you drinking soda, I don't know what is, and yet she refuses to give it up. The last time I saw this woman was two months ago, and she was still consuming more than two six packs a day. Both have been diagnosed diabetic.

For those of you who think that you have found a way around it by drinking diet soda you’re sadly mistaken. Saccharin is used in almost every diet soda today. The product has been around for 100 years. This 300 times sweeter than sugar product was banned back in 1911, but the bans were lifted during the sugar rationing of WWI. This product has been proven time and again to cause bladder cancers. I personally have a tendency to stay away from products where the actual warning reads: "Use of this product may be hazardous to your health. Saccharin irritates your bowels, which make it a nightmare for people with irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers and will play havoc on a diabetics system.

The next ingredient in soda is sodium benaoate. This is a preservative added to soda in order to stop mold from forming. Even though it has been labeled "safe" by the Food and Drug Administration research is now saying that this preservative is causing some serious DNA damage, which could lead to cirrhosis of the liver. Some new proof is also pointing towards degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s.

Next on the attack list is high-fructose corn syrup. I especially love this one because it has bought about TV commercials claiming that it is no different than sugar. I then suppose that if the TV is telling me that sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are the same I should believe them right? Wrong! High-fructose corn syrup causes insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, which are a group of risk factors that occur together and increases the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. That's an important fact to know if you don't want to become a diabetic or die of a heart attack anytime soon. The hard cold facts are that if you drink just one or more regular or diet sodas a day, you increase your risk of metabolic syndrome by a whopping 50%!

The bottom line is that any way you look at it sodas are horrible for you. There chocked full of sugar, empty calories, rage havoc on your kidneys, deplete your bones of needed minerals and put you at risk for all sorts of diseases.

Americans throw out 2.5 million plastic soda bottles out every hour! Not daily or weekly but hourly! After reading that statement, we have to realize that we are not only harming ourselves but also the environment. What happened to the once simple recipe of carbonated water, sugar, flavoring and caffeine? If the Soda companies don't take things back to that simpler, safer recipe, then we need to take ourselves back to a simpler time. We need to return to a diet where one 10oz soda a week as a treat is enough. Soda needs to return to its roots and become a treat again instead of a staple. Better yet, do yourself a favor and do what I did. Give up all soda and stick to pure, cool, clear water. I promise you that it contains the same safe ingredients today as the day it was invented.


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      Kaleri 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      I gave up soda and I lost 25#s! However, I still allow myself soda only when we have pizza or when I am a guest at someone's house who are serving soda. Many times I bring my bottle of water with me so I can at least dodge the soda offer for a little while. We bought a Sodastream machine for Xmas but I wonder if we should still avoid the syrups. I noticed that they don't have High Fructrose Corn Syrup in them but the first ingredient is still sugar.

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      Dale Hyde 6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      I feel along the same lines Maddambutterfly. I do the sparkling waters for that fizz and throat burn. :) There are lots of lightly flavored ones out there and fairly cheap at the dollar stores around our area.

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      Marie V Stephens 6 years ago from New Mexico

      Thanks for the comment Dale! I started riding the diabetes train 5 yrs ago and the first thing they took away was Soda. I strongly feel that it's the main reason diabetes is growing so rapidly in our country.

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      Dale Hyde 6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Well done hub that is very informative as well as useful. I used to have an addiction problem, however my health deemed that I give up soda. Diabetes and soda do not mix well. I still crave a Coke every now and again and will treat myself, but that is about it. Now I use other drinks such as juices and teas to keep me going throughout the day and night.

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      Marie V Stephens 6 years ago from New Mexico

      Soda is a horrible addiction to end. I have been off soda now for 5 yrs after stopping cold turkey.

      I craved it for a year after quitting. the first week of withdraws from the sugar is the worst! Good luck and keep trying your health is truly worth it! Thanks for commenting!

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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Soda is my one addiction - I have tried to cut back for many of the reasons you list. Every time I cut back, I go right back to it.