8 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda

You hear all the time that soft drink are bad for you, but do you know why? When we don’t know why things are bad for us or our kids it is hard to stop drinking them.

Since 1978, males age 12-29 have tripled their soda consumption, now drinking 160 gallons per year on average—that’s almost half a gallon per day. Girls’ consumption has tripled, and the average person drinks 3 quarts per week. One 12-oz. can of soda contains 10 spoonfuls of sugar, and diet sodas are high in sodium and the toxic chemical sweetener aspartame, which contains wood alcohol and is linked to more health complaints to the FDA than all other food additives combined. So let me encourage you to drink less sodas and more water. Did you know you should drink half your body weight in ounces of water? That means if you weigh 100 lbs you should drink 50 ounces of water a day. So let’s put the soft drinks down and pick up the water and start drinking!

So here are 8 reasons soft drinks are bad for you…

1. Children who drink just one soft drink a day are 60% more likely to become obese than those who don’t, according to a 2001 study by Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital.

2. A huge body of published research links the rise in soft drink consumption to osteoporosis and bone fractures, as soda is high in phosphorus and robs the body of calcium. Kids who drink sodas have a three to four times higher risk of bone fracture than those who don’t.
3. Dr. Judith Valentine (Ph.D., C.N.A., C.N.C.) says that virtually every child she has treated who complains of stomach problems has been easy to treat: get the child off soft drinks, and the symptoms disappear. Sodas increase stomach acid levels, irritate and erode the gastric lining, and burn out tissue binders, “eating away at your liver like Hannibal Lecter,” according to Barnet Meltzer, M.D.
4. Sugar and acid in soft drinks (an array of chemicals including synthetic acetic, fumaric, gluconic, and phosphoric acids) dissolve tooth enamel.
5. The sugar from one soft drink damages the white blood cells’ ability to ingest and kill bacteria for seven hours, according to the research of James Howenstine, M.D.
6. Carbonation robs the red blood cells of their ability to exchange oxygen, which sets back an athlete or anyone who needs stamina and energy.
7. Caffeine withdrawal symptoms (experienced by people who drink as little as a single cup of coffee or soda per day) include headache, fatigue, mild depression, muscle pain, flu-like symptoms, nausea, and vomiting, according to a study at Johns Hopkins Univ School of Medicine by Roland R. Griffiths, M.D.
8. According to the Johns Hopkins study, women who drink caffeinated beverages are more prone to PMS: the more they drink, the worse PMS symptoms are.

(From the book 12 Steps to Whole Foods by Robyn Openshaw)

Here’s to your health,