Sunday, May 15, 2005

The Dangers of Sodas and Diet Drinks

If you do drink sodas and diet drinks as a routine,
you may want to check out article below.

Sodas and colas are incredibly popular across the world.
These beverages account for more than a quarter of all
drinks consumed in the United States. More than 15 billion
gallons were sold in 2000. That works out to at least one
12-ounce can per day for every man, woman and child.

Sodas are full of empty calories and will contribute to
obesity, tooth decay, weakened bones and caffeine
dependence. Studies have shown strong links between
children who drink sodas and childhood obesity. No one
can deny the ties to soda and tooth decay, and it isn’t
just the high levels of sugar that cause it. The acids
in sodas begin to etch away the tooth enamel within 20
minutes. These acids also upset the gastrointestinal
system and cause many stomach disorders, as well as
disturb the acid/base balance in the body, making
an acid climate in which disease flourishes.

Sodas are a huge contributor to caffeine dependence,
and it often starts with young children. And diet colas
are often packed with a lot more caffeine than their
regular counterparts. With the popularity of stimulant
drinks such as Red Bull, that contain extra amounts of
caffeine, there is a reported rise in aggressive behavior
and violence among youths that consume these drinks.

Besides acids and caffeine, sodas contain phosphorus,
an ingredient shown to weaken bones by promoting the
loss of calcium. Phosphorus contributes to bone breakage
during childhood, and osteoporosis later in life.

Another danger is aspartame added to diet sodas as a
sugar substitute. There are over 92 different health
related side effects associated with aspartame
consumption, including brain tumors, birth defects,
diabetes, emotional disorders and epilepsy/seizures.
Plus, when aspartame is kept in warm areas or stored
for long periods of time, it changes to methanol, an
alcohol that converts to formaldehyde and formic acid,
both of which are carcinogens.

There really are no good reasons to drink sodas.
Juices, herbal teas and water are much better substitutes.

By Dianne Ronnow © 2005 Mohave Publishing. All rights

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