Luckily, US citizens are becoming significantly aware of the horrible effects of the intake of soda drinks, and the most recent Gallup poll revealed that about 2/3 (63 %) of them claim that they excluded them from their diet.
This is great news if we consider the fact that this percentage was 41% back in 2002.
The soda industry reached its peak in the1980s and 1990s when Coca-Cola began to upsize its drinks. In 1994, they introduced the 20-ounce plastic bottle. Today, it is a $75-billion market.
Studies have come to a conclusion that the increased intake of soda causes higher obesity and diabetes rates, along with various other health threats.
Based on Businessweek:
“For decades, soft-drink companies saw consumption rise. During the 1970s, the average person doubled the amount of soda they drank; by the 1980s it had overtaken tap water. In 1998, Americans were downing 56 gallons of the stuff every year—that’s 1.3 oil barrels’ worth of soda for every person in the country.
And then we weren’t as thirsty for soda anymore, and there were so many new drink options that we could easily swap it out for something else. Soft-drink sales stabilized for a few years…
In 2005 they started dropping, and they haven’t stopped. Americans are now drinking about 450 cans of soda a year, according to Beverage Digest, roughly the same amount they did in 1986.”
Still, soda drinks have a negative influence on the whole body, the brain included. Based on the discoveries of one animal research, shown at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, these drinks may especially inflict damage on the adolescent’s brain.
These types of drinks apparently stimulate appetite, weight gain, and fat storage, and increase carb cravings.
Based on the discoveries of a report published in the Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism journal, individuals who drink diet sodas experience the same health problems as soda drinkers, such as strokes, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular conditions.
16 tablespoons of sugar are contained in a 20-ounce bottle of Cola. The minute you drink soda, the pancreas creates insulin because of the intake of sugar, stimulating to insulin resistance, and high blood sugar.
These are the things that occur in the body post drinking a can of soda:
- Within 20 minutes, the blood sugar rises, and the liver transforms huge amounts of sugar into fat.
- Within 40 minutes, due to the caffeine absorption, the blood pressure rises, the pupils dilate, and the liver provides more sugar into the blood.
- About 45 minutes after, the production of dopamine increases, and this has an effect on the pleasure centers of your brain, recreating a physical response, identical to that of heroin.
- 60 minutes after, the blood sugar levels drop, and you feel the need for one more sweet drink or food.
Research has indicated that chronically high levels of insulin and the consequential insulin resistance are the cause of most chronic diseases, whether it is diabetes or cancer.
Moreover, in most third-world countries, clean water is a rarity, so soda is sort of the only alternative for a non-toxic drink.
Simply drink pure water, or at least turn to sparkling mineral water with some lime or lemon juice, or at least sweetened with natural additives.
Step by step, try to exclude all types of sweetened drinks, for the purpose of lowering the threat of chronic health problems and excessive weight and limit the exposure to possibly carcinogenic additives like caramel coloring and aspartame.