Can the Soda, Avoid Health Risks

Open a can of soda and you open a can of worms… because a slew of case studies prove soft drinks are dangerously hard on your health.

And we’re not just talking about piling on extra pounds.


A recent feature on the Health and Natural World website links soda to multiple health issues, including depression, kidney damage, heart attacks and even brain damage.


“Two sodas a day appears to double your risk of dying from heart disease,” Jean Welsh, Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at Emory University, told Men’s Health. “And it was just the drinks. We looked at sweet foods, and there was no similar effect.”


Nutritionist and medical writer Jenny Hills says within 20 minutes of drinking a soda, you get a sugar high.

“Your blood sugar spikes, resulting in a quick release of the hormone insulin. The liver tries to compensate by turning excessive sugar into fat and storing it around the body.

“Within 40 minutes, all the caffeine is absorbed and your body responds to this substance: the pupils dilate, blood pressure rises, and the liver dumps even more sugar into the bloodstream.

“Around 45 minutes after you have had your drink, the body increases dopamine production, which gives the person an imminent sensation of pleasure – this is similar to the way the body responds to heroin.

“After 60 minutes, you develop a sugar crash. You can experience fatigue, change in mood, lethargy, mental fogginess.”


It’s the real thing, folks.

And speaking of the real thing …

A can of coke contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar – and that is 100% of your recommended daily intake!

Then there’s the additive phosphoric acid. Experts say this substance which is so powerful it can remove rust can also destroy your bones.


Some studies, including one published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, have linked phosphoric acid to osteoporosis, chronic kidney disease and kidney stones.


Depressed yet? Well, soda could be the reason for that, too!

According to the American Academy of Neurology, people who drank more than four cans or cups per day of soda were 30 percent more likely to develop depression than those who avoided soda.


Other nasty side-effects:

  • A decline in kidney function
  • A heightened risk for respiratory diseases like asthma and COPD
  • An aspartame-induced imbalance in the antioxidant/pro-oxidant status of your brain
  • Dental erosion and tooth decay
  • Infertility
  • Obesity-related cancers, such as liver and prostate cancer
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure


We mentioned the effect of the artificial sweetener aspartame on your brain. There is more scary news about diet sodas.

A medical study in Stroke, a journal published by the American Heart Association, found that the artificial sweeteners used in diet drinks are linked to a greater risk of stroke and dementia.


The war on sugary soft drinks is heating up. In New York City, the health department has called for a risk label on soda bottles.


Our advice: Dump the soft drinks now and avoid the health threats later.



John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.


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