Posted by: katiebeutl | April 1, 2010

Is Soda (pop) Evil?

We’ve all heard about it at some time or another, but is soda really that bad for you?

Yes, yes, and yes. I have found that I’m pretty passionate about this subject, and I personally believe that soda should just be done away with. But, instead of just giving you personal opinions, I will share with you what I’ve found. First of all, on WikiAnswers (if you’re the type of person that will count that as a source) it had an interesting explanation of what soda does to your body:

“Within the first 10 minutes, 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. This is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake, and the only reason you don’t vomit as a result of the overwhelming sweetness is because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.

Within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.

Within 40 minutes, caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.

Around 45 minutes, your body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – a physically identical response to that of heroin, by the way.

After 60 minutes, you’ll start to have a sugar crash. Not to mention carbonated drinks prevent your body from absorbing minerals…And too much phosphorus in your body leads to a reduction in calcium and magnesium, which are vital for a normal heart rate, nerve and muscle function, blood clotting, good bones and teeth.”

Interesting, ‘eh? Well, since this source is wikipedia, let’s look at what another article says, at nwwellness.org, which is talking about a study that was done: in this article, they mention that soda has the ability to decreas the oxygen in blood by 25% for up to 3 hours after drinking a can of soda. They also say that the high fructose corn syrup used in most sodas has been associated with higher rates of obesity, hypertension, tooth decay, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease, as well as drawing calcium out of our bones. It also talks more about hte harmful effects of the caffiene in soda. Also in searching this topic, I found a lot of sites that talked about the evils of diet sodas as well. So, grab that water, and throw the can in the can! (trash can, that is)


Responses

  1. I almost NEVER drink soda, and that just confirmed it for me! Thanks for the info

  2. I hate to say it but I love diet coke. Personally I’ll never give it up either. I do know that because of this I do have to work out more because it can aid in weight gain. I have to say though, I don’t think soda’s evil.

  3. Soda IS evil! It’s just straight up calories and no benefits. Seriously.

  4. There are so many things that are bad for us. Some habits are hard to kick, like smoking, for example… I have never been addicted to smoking or had a strong affinity for pop, diet coke or otherwise, but it seems worth the effort to just stop. Easy for me to say, I know, but this is your health!

  5. I am glad someone else already said it cause I am not going to lie I really enjoy a refreshing diet coke. I understand it is not healthy but a lot of things are not healthy and we still eat them. I think the point is moderation. I feel like if I am exercising and doing things right I can stand to drink a diet coke and have a little desert. The world isnt going to cut out sugar we need to find a way to balance things.

  6. I have already started to lose weight by cutting soda out of my diet, along with other things. It is just too much sugar!

  7. i go through phases of loving diet pepsi. however, one of my resolutions for this year was to give up all soda completely, and so far so good. there are so many beverage options other than soda, and by dropping soda out of my diet, i have found my water consumption to have increased quite a bit.

  8. […] today should care a little bit more about what they put in there body and pop is evil. Diet soda isn’t much better for several reasons.  The only reason to drink diet soda […]

  9. This is an informative article. Thanks for sharing.
    I am very much glad I’m not one of those soda fanatics. Too much sugar can cause serious health problems and increases heart risks as well. Soda drinkers should be warned and be aware of these facts.


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