The Perils of Soda–What’s in it?
You’ve heard it at least a thousand times: Soda is bad for you. Yet, you keep right on drinking it, somehow hoping that it’s just an old wives’ tale and that soda really is just another way to provide hydration for your body. Umm… NO! Let’s set the record straight, shall we? If you’ve ever doubted just how bad it is for your health and why you should avoid it, you’ve come to the right place. First, let’s tackle what actually is in soda.
Soda is made up largely of carbonated water. I know what you’re thinking—“SCORE… I knew it was good for me!” Not so fast padawan. What’s next on that list is high-fructose corns syrup (HFCS). Yep, this is the same HFCS that is all the buzz lately as being the evil ingredient largely responsible for the growing obesity trend in America. HFCS comes from corn that is genetically modified and for which we do not know what the long-term effects are. No bueno people! There’s nothing natural about HFCS.
Next come the acids that are added to the soda to balance out the sweetness of the HFCS. These acids, when consumed regularly, can lead to tooth enamel being eroded. The phosphoric acid can lead to osteoporosis because it interferes with the absorption of calcium. Next on the list is caramel color that is made artificially by adding ammonia to sugar. What the WHAT? Funny, I remember my mother making caramel just by melting sugar and water on the stove—no ammonia needed! Why does the food industry allow ammonia to be added to sugar, thereby creating a known carcinogen, and approve this for human consumption?!
Then there’s the “natural flavoring” that is not identifiable and the caffeine. They say there’s natural flavors, but I guess we have to take their word for it. (Insert eye roll here). Now as for caffeine, while the amount of caffeine in a can of soda is significantly less than that in a cup of coffee, it’s the pairing of the caffeine with the sugar that sends your body into that high and subsequent crash just a short while after consuming the soda.
Source: Eat This Not That
So now you know what’s in that can that you can’t seem to go without. It’s no accident that you can’t seem to kick the habit. The soda industry is a multibillion dollar a year industry that has you hooked so they can continue to line their deep pockets with your money and at the expense of your health.
Now that you know what you’re actually drinking when you reach for that can of soda, do you know why you’re addicted to it? Yep, I said addicted. Stay tuned for my next live video on my Like Page as well as my blog to learn more!