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Is drinking soda bad?

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When a person drinks too much pop, this is what can happen to his teeth
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Is drinking soda bad? If you drink too much of it, it's going to take its toll

Depending on where you live, soft drinks (e.g., Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, etc.) are referred to as soda or pop. Consumers have drunk soft drinks for years and years but whereas it used to be an infrequent treat, now it is consumed on a regular basis.

Ideally, children (and adults) should drink more water and unsweetened fruit and vegetable drinks and back away from the sugary drnks.

Root beer was first produced in 1876. In 1885, Dr Pepper was invented by Charles Aderton. Pepsi was invented by Caleb Bradham in 1898 and 7-Up, originally called “Bib-Labellithiated Lemon-Lime Soda,” was invented in 1929 by Charles Leiper Grigg, who worked for The Howdy Company. A soft drink is a carbonated drink. It is non-alcoholic.

Is drinking soda bad? Probably ... and certainly if someone lives on a steady diet of it, because it doesn’t have much, if any, nutritional value. There are concerns that diet drinks can actually increase the risk that a person may have a stroke. Both diet and regular soft drinks are associated with kidney damage, some types of cancer, obesity and increased blood pressure.

WEIGHT GAIN

The main problem with drinking excessive amounts of sugary drinks is obesity plus the damage sugar can do to teeth. Pop is considered by many health experts to be the primary single source of empty calories in the American diet. In fact, 16 percent of a typical American’s diet stems from refined sugar. Half of those calories or eight percent comes from sugary beverages.





The negatives to drinking pop include the calories that are packed into a single can. If a person drinks one sugary soft drink daily that can result in gaining one pound every month. Scientists have long known that consumption of soft drinks equals weight gain and can directly lead to obesity.

When an individual, particularly a teenager who is battling weight, reduces the consumption of sugary beverages he can significantly reduce his body mass index (BMI).

DIABETES


Another problem that results when too many soft drinks are consumed is the impact it has on the body’s ability to process sugar. Type 2 diabetes has tripled since 1980 and scientists think that soft drinks have a lot to do with that. Juvenile diabetes is dramatically increased in the past decade.

When sugar is consumed this puts a strain on the cells in the body that produce insulin. Additionally, a rapid influx of sugar into the bloodstream demands that the pancreas secrete large amounts of insulin so that the body is capable of processing the sugar.

If someone drinks pop all the time this puts a tremendous strain on the pancreas and there may come a time when it can no longer keep up with the demands for insulin that the body makes. Furthermore, insulin becomes less able to process sugar. This can lead to diabetes.

OSTEOPOROSIS

If a person drinks too many soft drinks this increases her risk of developing osteoporosis, which is porous-bone disease. This condition occurs when an individual does not have sufficient calcium in her body. As a result the bones become brittle and frail and break easily. Soda consumption appears to impair the calcification of growing bones so it is extremely detrimental to young children who are growing bones.

KIDNEY STONES

Too much soda can prompt kidney stone formation due to the radical mineral imbalances and acidity of the beverage. The body has to cushion the acidity of the drink with the calcium from the bones. When the calcium is eliminated when a person urinates this can cause kidney stones to develop.

YOUR TEETH

Dentists are aware that soft drinks are the biggest source of tooth decay because the acidic sugar and the acids in these drinks soften tooth enamel. This allows cavities to form. Adults can experience tooth damage, too, if they have drunk soft drinks for years. This has a cumulative effect on the tooth enamel.

After drinking a pop, rinse the mouth with water. This will get rid of the residue that damages the teeth. Using fluoride toothpaste and fluoride mouth rinse helps reduce cavities as well as makes the tooth enamel stronger. It might be advisable to get a fluoride treatment at the dentist.

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