According to statistics, in the past couple year’s soft drinks have become much more consumed by Americans. Although most people enjoy the taste of these sugary drinks most research shows that they are bad for you. Drinking soda can cause the enamel on your teeth to dissolve, take calcium out of your bones and cause them to weaken, cause a person to become overweight possibly obese, and cause acne breakouts. Whether you call it soda, pop, a tonic, coke, or a soft drink they all can have the same harmful effects on the human body. In one regular sized can of pop there is usually 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar. Most people normally wouldn’t consume sugar like that plain but when its in a drink in can be consumed pretty easily. “More sugar brings more risk of decay” says Dr. Sara Po from Family Cosmetic Dentistry, but she’s not the only one that thinks that! Almost all pop has some sort of sugar or high fructose corn syrup in it; this is known to damage teeth. “The sugar in carbonated soft drinks is a primary source for cavities. Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar and make an acid that dissolves tooth enamel” says Dentist Howard S. Glazer. Howard Glazer is the president of the Academy of General Dentistry and has been a dentist for over 15 years.
Not only do regular sodas affect a person’s teeth negatively, diet soda does also. According to the Colgate Dental Resource Center, “Soft drinks and diet soft drinks have emerged as one of the most significant dietary sources of tooth decay, affecting people of all ages. Acids and acidic sugar byproducts in soft drinks soften tooth enamel, contributing to the formation of cavities”. Acid and acidic sugar byproducts are both found in many different types of soda. Sodas contain a high amount of Acidity, and when you get a lot of acidity in your mouth that can cause the formation of cavities to speed up. Your chances of getting cavities are much greater when the acid level in your saliva goes under a certain point. Drinking soda frequently causes the acid level in your saliva to go under that point, and when that happens your teeth start to lose natural minerals that protect your teeth from getting cavities. According to an unknown author at Fitsugar.com, “The phosphoric acid in soda, which is what keeps it nice and bubbly, dissolves the calcium out of your teeth’s enamel, leaving them soft and unprotected causing cavities”. The phosphoric acid in soda not only affects the enamel on your teeth but it also affects your bones. The American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition published a study that showed evidence that supports the idea that drinking more soda lowers bone density. The lower the density of a bone, the more likely it is to break. James A Howenstine the author of, A Physician’s Guide to Natural Health Products That Work says, “Soft drinks have long been suspected of leading to lower calcium levels and higher phosphate levels in the blood. When phosphate levels are high and calcium levels are low, calcium is pulled out of the bones phosphate content of soft drinks it is very high, and they contain virtually no calcium. That can cause bones to weaken”.
A recent study at Harvard shows that people who drink soda are three times as likely to get bone fractures compared to those who don’t drink soda. Men and women that drank three or more sodas a day had 2.3 to 5.1 percent less bone mass compared to those who didn’t drink any pop at all. “This is because excess phosphorus in your diet binds with calcium in your digestive tract, which keeps it from reaching your bones” says Dr. Tucker from Tufts University. Any kind of pop regular, caffeine free, or diet contains phosphorus. Phosphorus is an ingredient that increases the acidity of your blood. Your body takes calcium from your bones, in an effort to try and get rid of some of the acidity in your blood which leads to bone loss over a sort period of time. “Just three colas per week may be enough to create significant bone loss” says Dr. Tucker. In a 12oz can of regular soda, on average there is 160 calories. In one can of soda contains anywhere from 10-12 teaspoons of sugar which is your recommended intake for one entire day. 62% of Americans drink at least one soda per day. Soda contains virtually no nutritional value, these added empty calories can add up to 65,700 extra calories a year if a person drinks just one soda a day. These statistics are according to California Center for Public Health. Drinking an excessive amount of soda can lead to a person to be overweight or even lead to obesity. “Soda pop is a quintessential junk food, It’s just pure calories, and no nutrients. It’s like a bomb in our diet. The CSPI is pushing to require obesity warning labels on the sides of soda
cans, like the surgeon general’s warning on cigarettes” said Michael Jacobson, who heads the Center for Science in the Public Interest. In a study done at Harvard scientists gave 100 people regular soda to drink for a week. Then gave another 100 people other drinks such as milk, water, and orange juice to drink for a week. In the end the people who drank the regular soda gained as much as 8lbs. Dr. Louis Aronne of Weill-Cornell Medical College says “It’s because soda pop of any kind is a waste of calories. It gives you more sugar then your body needs which means more calories, and in the end doesn’t fill you up at all”. Most people that drink soda and go on diets usually think that switching over to diet soda will be better for them because it contains no calories. Researchers at the University Of Texas Health Sciences Center found there is a 41% increased of being overweight for every can of diet soda you drink each day. The study found that people who drank diet soda gained more weight than those who drank regular soda.
“A reason for this is that diet soda fools your body into thinking it’s getting calories. When it doesn’t get the calories, it craves them. This may lead you to eat more when you drink diet soda instead of regular soda” says Robert Bauer, from UCLA. Soda contains a PH level of 1.5. Anything with a PH level above 7.2 is alkaline and anything below 7.2 is considered an acid. Drinking as little as even one soda can cause the PH level of your blood to drop below 7.2, making it more acidic. When the blood in your body is more acidic that means that bacteria and disease grow faster then they would in a more alkaline bloodstream. The more bacteria you have in your body the more likely you are to break out according to clearskinHQ.com.
When you drink a soda you will lower the oxygen level in your blood by up to 25%, which is a major drop! When you lower the oxygen level in your body that means that your blood will not flow as quickly which means that it will take longer for your skin to recover. “Not to mention the acidity caused by a soda which creates a perfect environment for bacteria and diseases to grow and develop” says David Stinking, the author of Erasing Acne Secrets. Your body needs to conserve water it releases a hormone that helps your body save water. When you drink soda which contains a large amount of caffeine, having too much caffeine in your body affects a person’s ability to produce an anti-diuretic hormone and it won’t be able to be sent to your kidneys. If that hormone doesn’t get to a person’s kidneys they will then become dehydrated.
According to Taylor Hanson a scientist for Proactive, “When your body is hydrated, your skin will be less prone to acne”. Soda contains many different types of corn syrups and sugars, refined sugars are found in soda and are considered empty calories because the calories in the soda doesn’t fill a persons stomach. This causes a spike in blood sugar. “When a person’s blood sugar rises, your body makes insulin and testosterone to try and lower your blood sugar, and that causes clogged pores and skin inflamation”, says Dr. Warneke from NYSDC (New York Skin Disease Center). Although those fizzy, sugary, tasty drinks can be hard to resist plenty of research shows that soda whether its regular or diet is bad for you. Drinking soda can cause the enamel on your teeth to dissolve, take calcium out of your bones and cause them to weaken, cause a person to become overweight possibly obese, and cause acne breakouts. This has all been backed up by research and evidence. On average America drinks over 15 million gallons of soda every year.