Despite the evidence linking soda to some serious health issues like heart disease, tooth decay, obesity and diabetes, it is still the most consumed drink in the world. In USA only, over 75 billion of dollars are made of selling soda.

*It can lead to osteoporosis*

All of the sodas (diet and regular ones) are loaded with phosphoric acid and phosphate which improve their flavor and extend the shelf-life. The phosphoric acid is found in many whole foods and its excessive intake is linked to kidney and heart problems, accelerated aging, osteoporosis and muscle loss. The excessive phosphoric acid levels deplete the levels of calcium and cause bone loss. The soda’s caffeine affects the proper calcium absorption in the body. Soda reduces the bone density and it increases the risk of osteoporosis.

*It causes fat gain*

It has been found by a Danish study that the consumption of non-diet soda increases fat accumulation around the skeletal muscles and the liver. Both of them are risk factors for diabetes and insulin resistance. The study’s results concluded that the regular soda drinking every day for 6 months lead to 11 percent increase of blood cholesterol, triglyceride blood fat and other organ fat, skeletal fat and liver fat.

*It contains cancer-causing additives*

The soda’s brown color comes from artificial caramel coloring that has 2 contaminants 4-methylimidazole and 2-methylimidazole and they are linked to cancer in animals. Only 16 micrograms per day of 4-methylidazole is cancer threat, according to the California’s strict Proposition 65 list. The most popular brown colas contain 200 micrograms of it per 20 ounce bottle.

*It causes tooth decay*

The excessive drinking of soda leads to tooth decay in adults and children. Its citric acid damages the tooth enamel and the dentin (tooth’s core).

*It leads to disease*

Fatty liver disease (non-alcoholic): The sugary drinks are rich in fructose that overburdens the liver and turns the fructose into fat. The fat buildup results in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Insulin resistance: The excessive intake of sugar leads to cell resistance to insulin and this makes the pancreas to produce more insulin to eliminate the glucose from the bloodstream and increase the levels of insulin and trigger the insulin resistance.

Type-2 diabetes: One soda can per day increases the risk of type-2 diabetes.

Heart disease:  The regular intake of soda may increase the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Only 1 sugary drink per day causes 20 percent higher risk of dying or suffering from a heart attack.

Dementia: Numerous studies have confirmed that the increased blood sugar is linked to increased risk of dementia. The excessive consumption of sugary drinks interferes with decision-making capabilities and memory and sets grounds for some conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Here is a video with more details about the harmful effects of soda:

Source > healthyfoodteam.com