What’s In Soda That Is Bad For You?

why are sodas bad for youBack in the old days soda was actually made from real food ingredients and was not really a poor beverage choice.

It was often a good “pick me up” instead of coffee, a healthy alternative to liquor or as a refreshing Summer beverage.

Whats In Soda?

It is not to hard to determine why soda is bad for you when you look at the ingredient list of your average 21st century soda.

  • Phosphoric Acid: this is added to soda as a “tangy” flavor. It is a chemical that is used in the dental industry to remove rust and tooth enamel. Inside our bodies it lowers the PH balance in our blood. Acidic blood is the precursor to disease.  The more acidic blood also causes mineral robbing from our bones which over time contributes to osteoporosis. Phosphoric acid has also been linked to kidney disease and kidney stones.
  • Sodium Benzoate:  This preservative prevents mold from forming in the soda. It is a “Generally Recognized As Safe” or GRAS approved product. Researchers have said that it damages DNA and may lead to Parkinson’s disease and cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Ascorbic Acid: This not so “natural” flavor is basically a manufactured version of lemon juice. Alone it is OK but combined with sodium benzoate it forms benzene which is a proven cancer causing agent.
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): is the most often used sweetener in soda because it is cheaper than sugar. It has been linked to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, and is a major risk factor in a multitude of diseases including heart attack, stroke and diabetes. In addition, many of the HFCS samples tested in the United States production lines contain mercury, one of the most poisonous of toxins.
  • Cocaine? Originally the Coca Cola brand beverage used coca leaves which actually contained cocaine. Because cocaine is naturally present in coca leaves, today’s Coca-Cola uses “spent,” or treated, coca leaves, those that have been through a cocaine extraction process, to flavor the beverage. (Well, what do you think about that?)
  • Non-Nutrative Sweeteners: Excitotoxins are addictive chemicals that do the exact opposite of what you expect them to do! Not only do they increase sugar cravings but they also aggravate your insulin levels.

Is Diet Soda Bad For You?

Yes – All soda IS bad for you!!

Diet soda IS bad for you too!

Even though the FDA has approved artificial sweeteners they are chemicals and have not been proven using the test of time regarding their long-term safety. Diet drinks are also linked to obesity, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.

In addition some of the artificial sweeteners fall into a class of chemicals known as excitotoxins.  This group of food additives excite the brain to the point of killing cells. One commonly known excitotoxin, although not found in soda, is MSG.

What Are Good Sodas?

soda-bad-for-youThere are still some companies that produce good soda products.

I buy a bottle of this ginger ale every time I go to the health food store but basically that is the only soda I ever consume!

The way to determine if a particular brand is good (or not so bad) is to look at the ingredient list and determine what is in it.

Some brands of good sodas that I have seen are Reeds, Zevia, Blue Sky, Hansens’s and Maine Root.

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    Shared by: Malkah:

    Thank you, Deb, for an eye-opening article about Soda. I’m super glad that I gave it up about 20 years ago. Wasn’t really sure what all was in it, but now I know. I passed it on to my daughter whose husband drinks soda heavily. Hope it helps change his habits. But it’s not up to me. Besides, I have other issues with eating lol.

    Shared by: Deb, The Healthy Chef:

    The only way to tell, Loretta is to look at the ingredient list and also to have a good understanding of your health goals.

    Someone who wants to consume less sugar (diabetic) may be willing to consume chemicals. Everyone has to define their purpose in consuming something.

    Moderation in anything like soda is good. An occasional transgression is not going to kill you!

    Shared by: Loretta:

    I know a lot of people who drink a lot of soda. I only drink 7-UP or Diet 7-UP. After reading your article I am wondering which is better, 7-UP or Diet 7-UP? I don’t buy it on a regular basis either.

    Shared by: Danielle:

    Hi, I just wanted to say that my husband and I drink Zevia on a regaular basis and it is really good. The cherry cola flavor is the best. It took a couple times drinking it to get used to it…but we both really enjoy it!

    My neighbor boy had the same problem and was getting migranes really bad. They had him on all kinds of drugs and I told his grandma to take him to the chiropractor. Then I told the chiropractor to tell him to stop drinking soda and it worked!

    If only I could get my niece to listen as she gets headaches and won’t hear of stopping soda!!

    Shared by: Debbie:

    I use to drink tons of pop (or soda – I’m from the midwest). In the late 70’s I decided to change my diet and eat healthy – no preservatives or sugary foods. At that time I had a headache every day. When I stopped drinking pop, the headaches went away. I know it was the pop causing the headaches because I drank one and wasn’t even half way through when I had the worse headache I’ve ever had. I haven’t touched the stuff since!

    Shared by: Missy Toller:

    Your post is an eye opener.

    From Today I will stop drinking Sodas. I never knew Sodas contain such horrible ingredients.
    Thank you for useful information. I have bookmarked your site, will keep coming back.

    Shared by: MARY M:

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who’s son is really having trouble with head aches and drinks a ton of soda.

    Shared by: Kathy T:

    Hiya, I am really glad I have found this info. I am not sure about that cocaine thing. I had heard that before and I know that they closely guard the recipe….

    Shared by: Merilyn Strange:

    Hi Deb,
    Great facts to know concerning soda – scarey actually.
    The only soda I ever drink is 7UP (goes well with Segrams Seven!)
    I’ll have to give Hansen’s a try.
    Thanks for posting this, I will send a link to my kids.
    Merilyn 🙂

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