What’s the big deal with soda? Are you a soda lover or do you just indulge occasionally? Here’s the skinny, or the opposite, on soda.

  1. Sugar- A typical can of soda contains about 40 grams of sugar, which is equivalent to 10 teaspoons. The American Heart Association recommends no more that 9 teaspoons of added sugar for men a day and 6 teaspoons for women and children (although others recommend less for children). Many popular brands of soda use high fructose corn syrup as their sweetener. Studies have suggested that high fructose corn syrup leads to more weight gain than table sugar and possibly promotes cancer growth.
  2. Caramel Coloring- Most dark colored sodas have caramel coloring as an ingredient. Caramel coloring contains potential cancer causing chemicals. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has urged cola companies to discontinue the use of caramel coloring in their products.
  3. Phosphoric acid- dark colored sodas typically contain phosphoric acid. This is an unnatural form of phosphorus that as an additive can lead to bone density issues and tooth decay. In addition, a study found that consuming 2 sodas a day leads to a two fold increase in developing kidney disease. I worked with people with kidney failure for almost 12 years. We can talk about that later if you’d like, but I promise it’s not fun.
  4. Soda is void of anything healthy except water. At least fruit juice has some vitamins. Soda, not so much.

I’m going to save artificial sweeteners for a different day. That’s a whole different topic too long to discuss here.

I challenge you to start cutting back on soda and even quit all together. I bet you’ll notice a difference in how you feel and likely will notice a change in your waistline!Soda

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