1. Soda contains no nutrients, and is high in calories and sugar. Studies show a strong link between soda consumption and childhood obesity. For example: Each 12-ounce soda may contain up to 160 calories or more. On average, a pound is equal to 3,500 calories. Therefore, every 30 cans of soda are equal to one pound of straight sugar. Do the math. A child drinking 2 or 3 cans per day (an unfortunately this is not uncommon today) will consume an additional pound of sugar every 10-15 days, equaling a whopping 30 pounds per year!
2. Soda suppresses the appetite so kids are less likely to eat nourishing foods. Soda drinkers are less likely to get the recommended levels of vitamin A, calcium, and magnesium. Not to mention that sugar consumption robs the body of necessary B-Vitamins as well, that is vital to a properly functioning nervous system.
3. Phosphorus, a common ingredient in soda, can deplete bones of calcium. Girls who drink more soda are more prone to broken bones. Doctors are becoming concerned about the health impact of carbonated beverage consumption on teenage girls.
4. Studies show a direct link between tooth decay and soda. Not only does the sugar cause cavities, the acids in soda erode tooth enamel, which begins in only 20 minutes! Dentists are reporting complete loss of the enamel on the front teeth in teenage boys and girls who habitually drink sodas. In fact, the British Dental Association sent out a warning that over one-third of Britain’s 14 year olds are destroying the enamel on their teeth by consuming excessive amounts of carbonated drinks!
5. Caffeine is known to create physical dependence and upsets the normal balance of neurochemistry in the developing brains of children. Caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands without providing the nourishment it needs. In large amounts, caffeine can lead to adrenal exhaustion, especially in children. Colas contain 35 to 38 milligrams of caffeine per 12-ounce can. Diet colas often contain a lot more. A can of Pepsi One has about 56 milligrams of caffeine. Mountain Dew, Mello Yellow, Sun Drop, Jolt, Barq’s Root Beer, and Sunkist Orange soda all contain caffeine. Sprite, 7-up, ginger ale, and many brands of root beer are caffeine-free.
6. Drinking a lot of soda every day can lead to blood sugar disorders, including diabetes. This simple statement carries a huge consequence to our children today. The onset of type II diabetes, almost unheard of in children only a few decades ago, is reaching epidemic proportions.
7. Aspertame, used in diet soda, is a potent brain toxin and endocrine disrupter. The list of side effects from Aspartame consumption is very long, ranging from creating neurological disorders, endocrine imbalances, memory changes (such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s) to name a few.
8. Citric acid, often found in soda, may contain traces of monosodium glutamate (MSG) MSG is another potent brain toxin. To add to it, artificial flavors found in soda may also contain traces of MSG.
9. Drinking sodas regularly can upset the fragile, acid-alkaline balance of the stomach, creating a continuous acid environment. This prolonged acid environment can lead to inflammation of the stomach and duodenal lining, which in addition to being quite painful; can lead to malabsorption syndrome (or the improper absorption of nutrients from our gastrointestinal tract.)
10. Sodas act as dehydrating diuretics, much like tea, coffee, and alcohol, and can inhibit proper digestive function. Again, the problem here is that soda consumption alters the ability of the body to absorb nutrients properly.
Ten reasons to take soda out of your house. Need more? Visit www.mercola.com and look up the keyword sugar. There you’ll find a list of 124 dangers of sugar. There simply is nothing better we can do as parents than to help our children kick the soda habit!