7 Reasons You Should Avoid Drinking Soda And Other Colored Drinks
Aside from the fact that it has no nutritional value.
Let’s be real here. You probably know that drinking soda or “soft drinks” is bad for your health—it can easily be linked to diabetes, poor dental health, obesity, and other illnesses—yet you do it anyway.
Healthline says, “Soda has no vitamins, minerals, fiber, or any essential nutrients. It only adds excess added sugar and calories to your diet.” So basically, there’s really no point in drinking it.
Maybe we can convince you to finally put a halt on your soda consumption and cravings through these science-based facts.
Drinking soda promotes weight gain.
According to Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian (RND) Allaine Dolera, the main reason to avoid these drinks is the high sugar and preservatives content. Even the “diet” colas still contain a lot of sugar. “It’s high caloric so it can result to weight gain, which are risk factors to many non-communicable diseases,” she explains.
Soda increases your risk of diabetes.
Soft drinks have been directly associated with Type 2 diabetes. The excessive amount of sugar in sodas forces the body to convert the sugar to fat in your liver. The usual can of soda contains around 10 teaspoons of sugar from fructose corn syrup, which is even tougher to metabolize compared to regular sugar.
It can erode your teeth.
Sodas are highly acidic (containing phosphoric acid and carbonic acid), so it can cause your teeth to erode and even decay. They can also stain your teeth. Frank Cattanese, DMD tells Eat This, Not That, “Soda is both sugary and acidic, so it's essentially a double whammy when it comes to irritating sensitive teeth.”
Dr. Patricia Abad, a dentist, says, “The bacteria in your mouth thrive when there’s sugar in your oral cavity, so given that sodas are high in sugar, they may cause cavities and tooth decay. Aside from that, sodas are also high in acid so they can cause enamel erosion that may result to teeth sensitivity after a while.”
Soda is bad for your skin.
Drinking cola is linked to skin conditions like acne, promotes skin aging, and dehydrates your skin. “Soda's dehydrating caffeine, puffiness-promoting sugar, and harmful chemical components can also have an aging effect on your skin, making it dry and putting you at increased risk for wrinkles and fine lines,” according to Eat This, Not That.
It can get you stuck in your weight loss journey.
Drinking your calories is already risky to begin with, as you don’t really get to track what you drink compared to what you eat. According to Healthy Eating Hub, “One of the major problems with drinking your calories is that you’re often doing it while you’re doing something else”–such as drinking a can of soda while working on your desk, or having a cup of coffee while chatting with a friend. “This means that your awareness of how much energy you’re consuming during the day is highly impaired,” it adds, emphasizing that you only remember what you ate, not what you drank.
It can damage your brain.
In one blog, Personal Excellence wrote, “Coke and soft drinks contain caffeine, a psychoactive drug. It affects our central nervous system and alters brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, and behavior.” Artificial sweeteners can also be toxic for your brain cells.
It can be addictive.
“Soda is addictive for many reasons. In regular sodas, the sugar causes dopamine releases in the brain, stimulating pleasure centers. For some, it’s not the ingredients that cause the addiction, but the lifestyle habit that leads you to the fridge. Soda is often chosen with certain meals, like when you’re dining out or at a fast-food restaurant. But food isn’t always the cause of soda intake. Many people have made a habit of picking soda over water or other beverages for hydration,” Natalie Stephens RD of Wexner Medical Center explains.
Most people also consider sugar intake as a “reward,” so our brain makes us crave for food or drinks with high sugar.
How do you quit drinking soda?
Get rid of all the soft drinks at your home and try healthier substitutes. Drinking more water is also best, as this guarantees that you are hydrated well. Sparkling water is also endorsed as an alternative to sugary drinks as long as it does not contain sugar or sweeteners.
Dolera suggests juicing and fruit shakes for those who find it hard to quit sugary drinks, although, she says that nothing beats water as the best drink. “You can still drink soda, but in moderation,” she advises.