Carbonated soft drinks are the largest source of refined sugar in the American diet. On average, each American drinks 240 litres of soft drinks a year – holy cow! The average can of soda has 10 teaspoons of sugar and 150 calories.
Is drinking pop bad for me?
Well, let’s put it like this. Drinking pop isn’t necessarily “good” for you. Here are some negative effects that soft drinks can have on your body:
- Linked to heartburn
- Artificial sweeteners are not good for our bodies
- Contain a harmful ingredient known as aspartame
- May lead to diabetes
- Increases your blood pressure
- Can contribute to belly fat accumulation
- Associated with gastrointestinal reflux
- Contributes to your calorie and sugar intake
- Destroys your teeth
- THEY HAVE NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE!!
What about diet soft drinks? Are they actually better for you?
A regular 12 oz. can of Coke has around 150 calories and a can of Diet Coke or Coke Zero has only one. So in regards to calories, diet soft drinks are definitely better. However, diet soft drinks contain aspartame – an artificial sweetener. Aspartame is 200 times sweeter than table sugar and has been proven to have several negative effects on our bodies. A greater intake of sugar can also increase our appetite for other sugar-filled items or other food items in general.
Personally, I am against all soft drinks, no matter how few calories or sugar they may contain. Soft drinks are simply a concoction of flavoured chemicals, and artificially flavoured and bad chemicals at that. They are not real food. They are not even food. Soda is in no way part of a healthy diet in my eyes.
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