Pop, soda, soda pop, carbinated beverage, it doesn’t matter you call it, either way it’s not good for you! In the U.S we consume over 50 billion liters of pop a year!
Fun Facts About Pop:
- Pepsi has created over 50 varieties of its cola, including a Christmas, summer and samba version.
- Coke is the 2nd most recognized word in the world after ‘Ok’
- The proposed ‘Penny-an-Ounce Soft Drink Tax’ would produce $15 Billion a year!
- 21% of the average sugar consumed in an American’s diet comes from pop.
- Drinking 2 soft drinks per week increases the risk of pancreatic cancer by 87%
- Drinking 1 soft drink a day increases the risk of metabolic syndrome by 44% and increases a childs chance of obesity by 60%
- Drinking 2 soft drinks per day increases the risk of gout by 85%
What’s in pop that makes it so bad for you? Let’s take a look!
That Sweet Stuff
The U.S. Department of Agriculture advises a 2,000 calorie-a-day limit as part of a healthy lifestyle, and no more than 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar. However, between 1994 and 1996 Americans were averaging about 20.5 teaspoons a day, or 68.5 pounds of sugar a year. Over the past 16 years, the amount of sugar in American diets has increased by 28 percent, with about a third of it coming from soft drinks. A single 12-ounce can of soda has around 13 teaspoons of sugar, usually in the form of high-fructose corn syrup.
Phosphorus is useful to the body as long as it maintains a one to one ratio with calcium. When an imbalance occurs because of high phosphorus intake, phosphorus begins to corrode stomach lining, eats away at the liver, upsets the natural pH balance of the kidneys and causes acidity in the body which leads to numerous health conditions and diseases.
Pop is particularly high in phosphorus and is largely responsible for high phosphorus levels in Americans. When levels are high, calcium is not absorbed effectively and is leached out of the bones leading to bone loss, osteoporosis, rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. The calcium loss is responsible for inhibiting the growth of healthy bones and the increased incidence of broken bones in children. Studies have shown that the highly acidic phosphoric mix of pop will dissolve bone in a short period of time.
This is used in may brands of soda pop as a preservative. Although it is not considered to be harmful it causes hyperactivity in children. The main concern with sodium benzoate is when it combines with citric or ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to form benzene. Benzene is a known carcinogen which increases the risk of leukemia and other cancers. The reaction to form benzene is increased in the presence of heat or light.
So these ingredients really are not helping you at all. But here’s what happens to your body soon after drinking a can or bottle of pop!
First 10 minutes: About 10 teaspoons of sugar quickly enters your system. You won’t notice this, however, because companies add phosphoric acid that hides the flavor so you can actually stand it.
15-20 minutes later: Your blood sugar spikes rapidly and you know how all of this insulin floating around your body. You have no choice of to store most of it as body fat.
40 minutes later: Your body has now absorbed all of your caffeine. Your blood pressure is rising and your liver has no choice but to drop more sugar into your bloodstream. Your brain is blocked by the caffeine so you don’t get drowsy.
45 minutes later: Your body will increase its dopamine production to stimulate the pleasure center in your brain. This is the same way that heroin works.
Over 1 hour later: The phosphoric acid from the soda connects with the calcium, magnesium and zinc in your intestine, which will boost your metabolism. The high dosages of sugar and sweeteners will cause you to excrete calcium.
Over 1 hour later: The diuretic aspects of soda have finally begun. The calcium, magnesium and zinc that we mentioned before that WAS going to be used to improve your health in addition to the electrolytes and water in your body will now be forced out of your body during your next bathroom break.
Over 1 hour later: You’ll start to feel a hunger crash and may get tired or sluggish. You also are now dehydrated and void of various precious nutrients that could of made you feel better.
Here’s a little infographic (I love these!) on pop and its affects on your body!
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