Soda And Its Effects On The Human Body

August 5, 2014


Over the years, the talk about soda being bad for our body and health is going on and on, and for good reason, too. Soda is basically nothing but addictive sugar water which has absolutely no nutritional value, and it leads to obesity and diabetes. The reasons to ditch soda and the side effects of consuming it on a daily basis are numerous.

Caramel coloring causes cancer

The artificial caramel coloring used to make, for an example, Coke and Pepsi, contains two contaminants (2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole) which have been found to cause cancer in animals.

This threat to health is highly unnecessary, considering that the coloring is used for aesthetic reasons. Just 16 micrograms per person per day of 4-methylimidazole is enough to pose a cancer threat. Most of brown colas contain 200 micrograms per 20-ounce bottle.

Fast forward aging

All colas contain phosphates/phosphoric acid, which is a weak acid that gives the colas their flavor and improves their shelf life.

It can be found in many whole foods also and too much of it can lead to heart and kidney problems, muscle loss, osteoporosis and accelerated aging.

One study has found that excessive phosphate levels found in sodas caused lab rats to die full five weeks earlier than the rats who had diets with more normal phosphate levels.

Soda manufacturers have been increasing the levels of phosphoric acid in their products over the past decades.

Soda cans are no walk in the park either

Nearly all aluminum soda cans are lined with bisphenol A, an epoxy resin which is used to keep the acids in the soda from reacting with the metal. Bisphenol A is known to interfere with hormones, and its linked to obesity, infertility, diabetes and some forms of reproductive cancer.

Organ Fat

Danish researchers found that drinking non-diet soda leads to huge increase in fat buildup around your liver and skeletal muscles, which contributes to insulin resistance and diabetes.

People who drink soda every day for six months have a 132 to 142% increase in liver fat, a 177 to 221% skeletal fat and about a 30% increase in triglyceride blood fats and other organ fat. There is also an increase of 11% in cholesterol. This doesn’t mean that drinking diet soda is much healthier.