Facts about Soda – The Good, Bad and the Ugly!

Facts about Soda

Some people just have to have their soda. Whether you call it a soft drink, cola, or pop, soda has become one of the most popular drinks in the American diet. Not only that, but soda is commonly sold and consumed all around the globe. You might rethink your drink after reading our list of 10 Disgusting and Unhealthy Facts About Soda. Get ready for a huge reality check.

Soda drinkers are at an increased risk for many diseases, include heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, and asthma. Read on for more risks, and the next time you take a sip of something, perhaps you will think twice.

Facts about Soda

1 A Spoonful of Sugar

One 20-ounce bottle of soda contains about 16 teaspoons of added sugars.

2 Just Can’t Stop

Scientists have proven that people can get addicted to soda and its added sugars.

3 Soda and the Youth

Children and adolescents in the United States drink about 7 trillion cans of soda each year.

4 Soda and the Brain

Research shows that high intake of added sugars can lead to memory loss.

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5 Soda and Heart Health

Frequent soda drinkers are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

6 Soda Kills

Each year, there are some 25,000 deaths in the United States due to diabetes and obesity.

7 Annual Soda Sales

8.9 billion cases of soda are sold in the United States each year.

8 A Major Contributor

Americans get the majority of their added sugar from soft drinks.

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9 Soda Screws With Your Insulin

Soft drinks cause insulin resistance, oxidative stress, and can even cause inflammation.

10 A Soda a Day

Can make you old; it ages people 4.6 years!

11 Soda usually has a lot of calories and little nutrients!

Did you know that soda provides no fiber, protein or vitamins? In fact, to burn off the calories in a 20 ounce can of soda, the average person would have to run for nearly an hour!

Video: What Too Much Diet Soda Does To Your Body And Brain

Artificial sweeteners are one of diet soda’s main ingredients, but research has  shown that the artificial sweeteners within diet sodas can cause a series of health problems. We decided to take a look at what happens to the body when you only drink diet soda.  

In the early 1960s, a new kind of beverage took the stage.It wasn’t a new shape, or color, or flavor. With fewer calories and less sugar, diet soda promised to be a healthier alternative to regular soda. But like most promises in life that sound too good to be true, it probably is.

Can you tell the difference between a glass of regular and diet soda? Turns out, neither can your body. And that’s where the trouble starts.

Watch this video to learn more!

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More Research about the Risks of Drinking Diet Soda

Until recently, everything we ate contained some amount of calories. When we ate something sweet, for example, the brain sent signals to our pancreas. Which started producing insulin, that stored the sugar molecules in our cells for energy.

So, when we drink diet soda, the sweetness tricks our body into thinking it’s real sugar. But when those energy-packed calories don’t arrive, the insulin has nothing to store.

Scientists think that repeatedly tricking our body this way could explain why study after study keeps finding the same thing: that drinking diet soda is associated with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a mix of conditions that includes: increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, and weight gain. Which can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

In fact, one study found that diet soda drinkers had a higher risk of stroke and dementia than regular soda drinkers. And for another 8-year-long study between 1979-1988, participants who started out at a normal weight and drank an average of 21 diet beverages a week faced DOUBLE the risk of becoming overweight or obese by the end of the study, compared to people who avoided diet beverages completely.

And while drinking diet soda with a meal may sound like a tasty, calorie-free alternative to plain water, a growing body of research is starting to find that this may be the WORST time to drink it. Because the fake calories in the diet soda could ultimately disrupt how many of the real calories we metabolize. Potentially leaving excess calories behind that we then store as fat.

Another issue could be the fact that artificial sweeteners in diet sodas can be tens to hundreds of times sweeter than sugar. So when we taste it, our brains anticipate more calories than what we give it. It’s like when you go to a party expecting loads of food and you end up with a handful of veggies and vegan cheese. You’re left unsatisfied and hangry. In the same way, artificial sweeteners can leave our brains wanting more, which studies have shown leads to increased appetite, and potential weight gain, in fruit flies, mice, and humans.

So if the reason you’re drinking diet soda is to drop a few pounds, maybe stick to water.