When I was growing up, there was nothing better than to go to the store and get a bottle of soda pop and chips. Coke and A&W Root Beer were my favorites and occasionally when I was feeling decadent and adventurous, an effervescent cream soda. As you mature, you begin to understand the connection between that bottle of Mountain Dew in your gym bag and the raging festival of zits on your face. More digging behind the veil of the fizzy tonic world reveals a sinister, even life-threatening epidemic of sugar addiction and deteriorating public health problems. Science is proving a strong connection between the increase in soda consumption on the world market and rapidly rising rates of cancer, diabetes and mental illness.
If you didn’t know them before, here are 11 good reasons why you need to quit that sweet soda habit:
London’s School of Public Health at Imperial College studied the diets of almost 2,700 middle-aged people in the U.S. and the U.K. and their findings were dramatic. The research showed that people who drank more than one soda or other sugar-sweetened beverage daily had higher blood pressure than those who did not, and that blood pressure continued rising as they consumed more sweet fizzy drinks. The results showed that people who consumed more than one sugary drink per day, also consumed almost 400 more calories per day than those who did not, and had blood-chemistry profiles which were nutrient-deficient in potassium, magnesium and calcium.