Sugary drinks, such as Coke, are major contributors towards to the current obesity epidemic, especially in North America. Blood sugar levels will rise rapidly and the effects of caffeine and sugar will be evident within 40 minutes of consuming a soda. After 60 minutes or so, the individual will experience what is known as a sugar crash, leading to increased fatigue and mood swings. Not only can the drink itself be bad for health as soon as consuming, but the effects upon the body can lead to permanent health problems, some of which will be explored in this slideshow showing the effects of consuming this type of beverage on a daily basis.
Beware Of Dental Erosion
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The bacteria within the human mouth feed upon sugars, such as the ones found in soda, and when this happens the mouth will start creating damaging acids. These acids can have adverse effects on dental health, negatively impacting enamel, which is the coating that protects teeth from decay and damage. The sweetener and carbonated waters are the main culprits behind the impact that soda has upon dental health. Soda also has a high pH level, a scale that measures acidity, which means Coke and other soft drinks are highly acidic. When consumed with a meal, this type of beverage will have a little less of an effect on your dental health, but many who drink Coke or other sodas recommend having a glass of water right after in order to rinse their mouth of excess sugar build-up. Many science fairs across North America will feature baby teeth totally dissolving within soda in about 7 days, showing the cumulative effects the beverage has when consumed regularly.
Soda Will Begin To Influence Your Other Dietary Choices
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These types of drinks have the ability to affect your metabolism and dietary choices well after consumption due to the sugar within them slowing down the metabolism of a human body. This happens because of the fact excess sugar is harder to and takes longer to process. Many studies have shown that high levels of soda and other similar drinks have a direct effect on dietary choices. The individuals who had a high intake of soda were also found to be deficient in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. After consuming just one can of soda, an individual may experience a sugar crash, which will have a person reaching for unhealthy and high energy foods in order to stave off the effects of the crash. The body will not burn fat as effectively as it should be if a can of soda has been consumed, not to mention that food choices later in the day will not be the healthiest.
You Will Experience An Increased Likelihood of Bone Fractures
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Caffeine has been identified in various studies as one majoring contributor for increasing the emission of calcium in the urine, which is a potential contributor to osteoporosis, a bone disease that causes bones to become weak and brittle. The increase in soda consumption has led to the decrease in consumption of other beverages such as milk, which is well known for promoting bone health within humans. Wrist and forearm fractures have become more frequent for children, and this has led some to speculate that drinks such as Coke and others are the problem. In a 2003 study named Carbonated Soft Drink Consumption and Bone Mineral Density in Adolescences found that increased consumption of soda leads to decreased bone mineral density, as well as increasing the likelihood of a incurring a fracture or a break anywhere within the body.
You Will Have To Deal With The Adverse Side-Effects of Caffeine
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Caffeine is a mildly addictive stimulant that is naturally found in chocolate, coffee, and tea and is actually beneficial to humans when taken in smaller amounts. 1 can of soda has about the same amount of caffeine as a strong cup of coffee and soda will also occur within a child's diet more than the aforementioned foods. The caffeine content in a soda can lead to increased anxiety, bed-wetting, fatigue, and moodiness within children who consume Coke regularly. Some of these same effects will be felt by adults who consume soda and several studies have concluded that drinking beverages with high caffeine content on a regular basis can lead to kidney stones. Caffeine consumption and dependency can also have a major effect on the quality of a person's sleep as well as producing headaches and decreased alertness in some.
There Is An Increased Chance of Developing Chronic Disease
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There are truly many chronic diseases associated with a high intake of sugary, carbonated drinks including sodas. High blood pressure, kidney stones, diabetes, morbid obesity, chronic kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease, including an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, are some of the most serious ailments that can be caused by consuming this beverage on a daily basis. Soda will also increase the likelihood of liver disease similar to the kind that alcoholics are frequently diagnosed with. Diabetes rates have tripled in the United States since 1990, and can mostly be attributed to an increase in the availability of sugar laden drinks. These kinds of drinks even have a link with an increased likelihood of cancer, which will be discussed later in this slideshow.
You Have An Increased Risk of Cancer
Benzene is a well known cancer-causing carcinogen that occurs in the human body naturally. It is made during the process of benzoic acid, ascorbic acid, and iron stores combining in a chemical reaction usually caused by exposure to heat and/or light. Many people are now aware of the dangers of benzene within the body and soda companies have even reduced the levels of this molecule within their drinks. Although not taking benzene out of soda completely will increase the risk of cancer, on the whole, a general rule is to not consume more than 1 can of soda per week if you have to consume any at all. Coke is not the only company to have benzene within their drinks and many other sugary, carbonated drinks on the market will also contain levels that may increase the risk of various cancers.