If you value your health and mood, here are 7 reasons you must say NO to BOTH soda and diet soda – because they have many health dangers.
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I even wrote a longevity book (Life Is Long) filled with lots of longevity research – gleaned from interviews with health experts and reading piles of research studies.
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According to research from U of Texas Health Science Center, the more diet sodas a person drank, the greater their risk of becoming overweight.Even drinking just two or more cans of diet soda a day increased waistlines by 500%!
Another study found that even just one diet soda a day is linked to a 34% higher risk of Metabolic Syndrome – which means gaining belly fat and getting high cholesterol.
According to research from Purdue University, when you eat or drink artificial sweeteners you can wind up wanting to eat or drink more sweet stuff – because your body is being fooled into thinking it’s taking in real sugar. Thereby diet soda can actually wind up making you crave more sugary things.
Soda is shown to be bad for the teeth – even linked to creating cavities: Australian researchers exposed extracted cavity-free molars to regular soda or diet soda.
Erosion in both cases.
The affects of the soda’s acidic content. In particular, the phosphoric acid – a common cola ingredient – and/or citric acid – a popular ingredient in Sprite and other lemon/lime sodas.
According to researchers in Iowa, women who were postmenopausal and drank two or more diet beverages daily were reported to be more likely to experience heart troubles (things like coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, a heart attack, or cardiovascular death).
It’s important to note: These women were also more likely to be overweight, smoke, and have diabetes or high blood pressure.
Researchers weren’t certain if the soda or the unhealthy lifestyle (or both) led to illness.
But one thing is clear: Drinking diet soda didn’t promise a thinner waistline if the majority of these women were overweight!
Diet soda requires a mold inhibitor. Unfortunately this includes scary chemicals like potassium benzoate and sodium benzoate. All of these are considered to be carcinogens! Ahem! This means they are thereby potentially linked to cancer.
Soda is shown to be bad for the bones. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that older adults who regularly drank cola and diet cola had health issues. They experienced “significantly less bone density” in the hip area – in comparison to those who drank soda infrequently.
Consider dumping your soda drinking habit. Drink more water! Or get a soda stream machine – and mix in freshly squeezed fruit juices!
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