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“We all know that drinking soda isn’t good for us. We know that it
would be better for our health if instead we drank [insert pretty much
any other beverage choice here]. But there’s just something
about soda that keeps drawing us back. Whether you call it “soda,”
“pop,” “soda pop,” “Coke,” or something else entirely, it’s a good idea
to stop drinking it once and for all. Here’s why:
Financial Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda
(that’s 7304 ounces, or about 365 20-ounce bottles) a year. If you
purchased your soda only at a vending machine, that’s about $550/ year.
If, instead, you put this into a retirement account for 30 years at a 7%
interest rate compounded annually, you’d have about $60,000. Even if
you buy your soda at the grocery store for 40 cents a can, that’s still
$243 per year and over $26,000 over 30 years.
looking at decision making after drinking soda found that “The
sugar-free soda drinkers were more likely to choose the immediate
reward, even though it was less money and not the best overall decision.
you have even one of these health problems because of (or it’s
exacerbated by) drinking soda, your long-term medical costs will
Health Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda
Here are just a few of the scientifically researched reasons to kick the habit.
case your dentist hadn’t told you, between the sugar and the acidity,
pop is terrible for your teeth. It erodes your tooth enamel!
10% of soda flavors contain BVO, or brominated vegetable oil, which is
banned by the World Health organization and 100 countries.
daily calories consumed by Americans, according to a 2004 article in the
American Journal of Preventive Medicine (as cited by WebMD).
Even if you drink diet, you may not be in the clear (see the study
published by the American Heart Association discussed below).
“Drinking as little as one can of soda a day — regular or diet — is
associated with a 48% increased risk of metabolic syndrome, a key
predecessor of heart disease and diabetes.”
drinking has been associated with lower bone mineral density in women
and children. The phosphorus content of colas triggers calcium loss
leading to osteoporosis.
study published in Epidemiology found that “Drinking 2 or more colas
per day was associated with increased risk of chronic kidney disease.”
sweetener. If you drink full-calorie soda, chances are it has high
fructose corn syrup. There are long debates about these ingredients and
studies are not entirely conclusive, but both ingredients are artificial
and are likely not good for you.
Environmental Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda
environment, as soda destroys the planet in numerous other ways.
132 gallon/2-liter bottle figure includes the water it takes to grow
ingredients, and according to a Wall Street Journal article,
Coke says that it takes about 1 gallon to make a 2-liter bottle.
Chances are the number is somewhere in between. Either way, that’s a lot
a Coca-Cola plant was opened in northern India, the water levels have
fallen 18 feet in the surrounding area, and the plant was blamed for it.
the artificial ingredients in soda don’t get fully removed by sewage
treatment facilities, and those ingredients may end up downstream and
even in our drinking water.
Aluminum cans are only partially recycled, and the mining of aluminum
has horrific environmental consequences. And just like bottled water, plastic bottled soda requires an enormous amount of oil to produce.
evident — but that soda has to get from the factory to the store to your
house somehow. And that requires a lot of fuel.
count yourselves out my soda lovin’ Mamas! You can do this and you will
get HUGE rewards by making this change! Just one soda a day equals 20
lbs of fat a year!…..And, I heard the
nutritionist for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders tell them that
carbonation causes cellulite!! AHHH!! I am not saying that is
true….but just the thought is reason enough for me right there!! The
less soda you drink, the less you will crave it. I can attest to that!