For years we’ve been hearing about all the bad things in the soda we drink. It’s mostly the sugar that’s bad for you, and soda is loaded with it. Many studies have shown that sugar has negative effects on heart health, brain function, body weight and over all mood. Well it seems that the word is finally getting through and soda sales are down. According to Fortune, people in the U.S. are buying less soda than ever opting instead for bottled water and healthier drinks.
A 2009 study by the National Institute of Health found that on average, Americans consumed 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day. It has also been noted that 46 percent of that added sugar comes from sugary drinks.
Children are often the target of marketing efforts by major high sugar beverage producers and consumption is higher among lower income and minority populations.
If you think you’re somehow safe because you drink diet soda, think again. Diet soda contains artificial sweeteners which can raise blood sugar. Another study found that diet soda changes blood sugar levels which is important for both digestive and mental health.
Sugar itself isn’t a bad thing as long as you don’t over do it. The problem is that drinking just one 12-ounce soda a day can add up to about 30 pounds of sugar a year.
Some people drink soda for the energy boost they get from it. It may give you that boost but it doesn’t contribute anything else of value to your body.
Even with all the bad news, it can still be difficult for many to stop drinking soda, but they shouldn’t feel bad, soda can be an addictive craving. The best way to quit is to do it slowly by replacing soda with other healthier drinks little by little. Eventually you can kick the habit on your way to a healthier lifestyle.