Drinking soda daily decreases your life span almost 5 years
Yes, it is tasty, it doesn’t cost much, celebrities are constantly recommending it and their commercials are everywhere. We all know that there is not one healthy drop of these drinks, and yet we still don’t give up on them. Washington Post reports that in the past several years, researchers at the University of California at San Francisco have analyzed stored DNA from more than 5,300 healthy people in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and discovered that those who drank more soda tended to have shorter telomeres. Telomeres are the tips of chromosomes, and the shorter they are, the more difficult it is for the cell to regenerate. This process leads to aging. Telomeres naturally shorten over time, but sodas enhanced this process.
1 Your body gets confused from the artificial sweeteners
Over time, products like diet soda dull our senses to naturally sweet foods like fruit. These sugar stand-ins have been shown to have the same effect on our body as sugar. Artificial sweeteners trigger insulin, which sends your body into fat storage mode and leads to weight gain.
2 Diet soda is calorie-free, but it doesn’t mean that you will lose weight
Researchers from the University of Texas found that during one decade, diet soda drinkers had a 70% greater increase in waist circumference compared with non-drinkers. Participants who drank two or more sodas a day experienced a 500% greater increase.
3 Soda causes type 2 diabetes
Drinking one diet soda a day was associated with a 36% increased risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Metabolic syndrome describes a cluster of conditions (high blood pressure, elevated glucose levels, raised cholesterol, and large waist circumference) that put people at high risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Rapidly absorbed carbohydrates like high fructose corn syrup put more strain on insulin-producing cells than other foods. When sugar enters the bloodstream quickly, the pancreas has to secrete large amounts of insulin for the body to process it. Some scientists believe that the unceasing demands that a soda habit places on the pancreas may ultimately leave it unable to keep up with the body’s need for insulin. The insulin itself becomes less effective at processing sugar; both conditions contribute to the risk of developing diabetes.
4 Weakened bones and risk of osteoporosis
Frequent consumption of soda drinks may also increase the risk of osteoporosis, especially in people who drink soda instead of calcium-rich milk. High soda consumption in children poses a significant risk factor for impaired calcification of growing bones. In the 1950s, children drank 3 cups of milk for every 1 cup of sugary drinks. Today that ratio is reversed. Today’s children have 3 cups of sugary drinks for every cup of milk. Experts believe that the real culprit is soda’s displacement of milk in the diet, though some scientists believe that the acidity of colas may be weakening bones by promoting the loss of calcium.
Another problem with sodas is that they act as dehydrating diuretics. Both caffeine and sugar cause dehydration. Caffeine is a diuretic and causes an increase in urine volume. High concentration of sugar is drawing off water because the kidneys try to expel the excess sugar out of the blood. When you drink a caffeinated soda to quench your thirst, you will actually become thirstier, which leads more and more drinking.
6 Cell Damage
A new scary evidence proves that soda may cause serious cell damage and accelerate cell aging. Research from a British University suggests that a common preservative E211, known as sodium benzoate, found in drinks such as Fanta and Pepsi Max, has the ability to switch off vital parts of DNA. Sodium benzoate occurs in small amounts naturally in berries, but is used in large quantities to prevent mould in soft drinks.
7 Caramel cancer
Certain soda drinks have two contaminants in the coloring, 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, and they have been found to cause cancer in animals. Only 16 micro grams per person per day of 4-methylimidazole is enough to pose a cancer threat, and most popular brown colas, both diet and regular, contain 200 micro grams per 600 ml bottle.