Why Stay Away from Drinking Soda?
February 26, 2014
By Marita Tillerás
Why Stay Away from Drinking Soda?
It's hot. You're thirsty. And you reach for a can of coke. Or diet coke. Or a soda with ginseng and extra caffeine to keep you awake.

A large percentage of the Australian population drinks soft drink to hydrate, but do we really know what we are pouring into our bodies?

Half a litre of soda contains 25 teaspoons of sugar, a litre of soda equals about 500 calories, which in comparison is the equivalent to a quarter-pounder, 7 apples or 6 pieces of toast with jam.

Is Diet Soda A Healthier Alternative?

While diet soft drink is sweetened artificially and, therefore, contains a low amount of calories, unfortunately that doesn't make it okay to drink all the time.

Today Health mentions kidney problems, extra centimetres around your waist, and tooth decay as side effects of drinking diet soda as well as normal soft drinks.

A pH below 4.5 dissolves the enamel of the teeth, and most soda brands have been found to have pH values below 3.5! In other words, it's not only the sugar that will cause problems to your teeth, the acidity of the soda will too, which makes diet sodas just as bad. Research by the University of Texas suggests that soda drinkers have more cavities and missing teeth than that of people who don't drink soft drinks.

Contrary to what people think, diet soda will not help people lose weight. A study from the University of Texas Health Science Center showed that the more diet soda a person drank, the greater their risk of becoming overweight.

Drinking Soda Linked to Plethora of Health Problems

Harvard Medical School also links drinking soda with diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, impaired digestion, hyperactivity and mental problems.

We need to maintain the balance of fluids in our bodies for the body to carry out its necessary functions to maintain life. In the space of a day, we lose about 2 to 3 litres of fluid which needs to be replaced – some via nutrition, the rest through drink.

Coke, Pepsi and other sodas containing caffeine are diuretic, which means that they actually dehydrate you. In order to stay hydrated, you will need to compensate and drink extra amounts of water.

After being told that diet soda contains the same chemical as that used to clean garbage bins (sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate), my occasional Coke Zero no longer feels desirable. Sure, anything in moderation is not going to harm you, but we should do our body a favour and opt for water as the number one source of hydration.

For more information on the dangers of drinking soft drinks, have a look at this article.

Marita Tilleras is a Norwegian third year media student at La Trobe University, a personal trainer at Goodlife Preston and a passionate health blogger. She is a health and fitness fanatic, and can be found in the gym most days, unless it is beach weather. You can read Marita's blog at cherishyourbody.wordpress.com and contact her at mtilleras@gmail.com.
"Half a litre of soda contains 25 teaspoons of sugar, a litre of soda equals 500 calories, which is equivalent to a quarter-pounder, 7 apples or 6 pieces of toast with jam."