For many people soda is one of the single biggest contributing factors to weight gain, elevated blood sugar levels and overall poor nutrition. Each 12oz can of Coca-Cola contains 39 grams of sugar- that’s ten sugar cubes, or ten teaspoons, in a single can! That’s nearly the amount of sugar as you’ll find in a slice of iced lemon pound cake from Starbucks! A common 16oz bottle is even worse, with a whopping 52 grams of sugar, and in a two liter bottle you’re looking at 212 grams, or almost a half pound of pure sugar!
So to put things in perspective, imagine each can of soda you drink the same as eating a slice of cake. Most folks who regularly drink soda drink more than one throughout the day, so think of how silly it would be to say “I only eat two or three slices of cake every day, that’s not too much!” The American Heart Association recommends nine teaspoons of sugar a day for adult men, and six teaspoons for women. By that standard, one can of Coke alone exceeds your daily limit, and that doesn’t even begin to take into account the sugar you take in from other foods and drinks.
What About Diet Soda?
There’s an ongoing debate to whether “diet” sodas are as harmless as they’re marketed, as the artificial sweeteners used in them (like sucralose, saccharine and aspartame) have been found to trick the body into releasing insulin, sending the body into fat-storage mode, leading to weight gain and wider waistlines. There’s also a host of other undesirable side effects, from the phosphoric acid altering the pH balance of your stomach to the citric acid eroding your teeth at the same rate as cocaine and methamphetamine!
As Unhealthy as It Gets
The lesson to be learned is this: soda is bad for you. Period. It’s liquified candy; canned sugar and acids; diluted pancake syrup in a snazzy-looking bottle.
So what can you do? Well, cutting out soda entirely is clearly the best option, but for many that’s easier said than done- the addictive nature of soft drinks is very real, and it can very difficult to kick the habit of drinking them. In a blog coming very soon we’ll discuss how you can beat the sugar addiction using all-natural alternatives, so check back for more on how you can better your health by choosing the right beverages, and call the professionals at Elite Care Chiropractic for nutritional coaching today!