Written by: Wallace Merriman

15 Reasons Why Soda Is The Worst Thing You Could Ever Drink
Posted on:Nov 8, 2016

Soda tastes so good…until you realize what it’s doing to your body, that is.

Called pop where I come from, this carbonated stuff is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the country. Not surprising, since it tastes like a bubbly stream of heaven. But can that tasty stream drown you? Unfortunately, the answer may be yes. In fact, researchers have spent a lot of time and money to show us exactly what we’re doing to our bodies when we flood them with this sugary nonsense.

1. The cans themselves contain a toxic chemical called bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to a whole host of health problems.

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2. It’s just loaded with sugar. A 20-ounce serving can contain almost 20 teaspoons, depending on the brand. That’s nice and awful!

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3. If you think diet soda is better, you should know that researchers have linked diet soda to decreased kidney function.

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4. Drinking soda on a daily basis increases your diabetes risk by up to 25 percent.

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5. A regular 20-ounce soda contains roughly 240 calories. To burn those off, you’d have to walk at least an hour.

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6. Soda is so acidic that it eats away at your teeth’s precious enamel. Its pH is close to that of battery acid.

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7. Soda contains phosphoric acid, which takes calcium from your bones and lowers overall bone density.

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8. Sugary soda changes your metabolism in a way that makes it harder for your body to lose fat.

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9. Drinking a lot of soda is linked to asthma and other breathing problems.

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10. Soda increases the risk of heart disease, especially in men, who can experience a 20-percent increase.

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11. Colas with that characteristically brown color often contain caramel coloring, which is a known carcinogen.

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12. It dehydrates you, even though it’s a liquid. The caffeine causes you to urinate more, which in turn causes your cells to lose essential fluids.

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13. These drinks are huge contributors to childhood obesity, increasing children’s risk by a whopping 60 percent if consumed daily.

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14. Diet soda does more to make you gain weight than loose it. People who drink it have a significantly higher risk of becoming obese.

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15. Drinking soda regularly can harm your liver in much the same way drinking alcohol can. It leads to a condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which can be deadly.

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Well, I think it’s safe to say that it looks like my daily soda-drinking days are over…

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