8 Reasons to Quit Drinking Soda
You’ve probably been drinking soda since you were a kid. Whether you call it pop, soda, or anything else, it is served in every restaurant and sold at every store. Soda is sweet, delicious, addictive, and it can (and does) spell disaster for your health. There are plenty of reasons to give up soda for good, but here are my top eight:
1. Way Too Much Sugar
Your body actually needs sugar in moderate amounts. Natural sugars found in fruits, veggies, and dairy products are good for you, and essential to a healthy diet. The sugar you don’t want, however, is added, refined sugars (at least not too much). Everything from crackers, to frozen meals, and even already naturally sweet juices have sugar added to make them more appealing to customers. Soda has an enormous amount of sugar per serving, which means that not only is it not nutritionally valuable, but it is actually hurting your body. You should always be conscious of how much extra sugar you are consuming on a regular basis, and cutting out sugary drinks like sodas is one of the best ways to do that.
2. Diet Soda Is Bad For You Too
Added natural sugar is bad for your body, but chemical substitutes can be even worse. Chemicals like aspartame can confuse your body, causing you to lose your ability to recognize naturally sweet foods. Apples won’t taste as sweet to you, because you’re used to the intense artificial sweetness of diet soda. Plus, diet soda can cause you to gain just as much weight, or more, than regular soda.
3. You’ll Feel Better
Soda, and sugary carbonated drinks in general, make us feel bloated and lethargic. Coke and Pepsi are most certainly not “feel good” foods, and while they might bring you instant satisfaction in the moment, you’ll regret it later on. If you drink a lot of soda on a regular basis, you may not notice the effect it has on your body. Try not drinking soda for one week, then having one. You’ll notice almost immediately the negative effects it has on your mood and comfort.
4. It’s Bad For Your Teeth
Drinking soda corrodes your teeth. In most cases, it doesn’t even matter if you brush your teeth afterward. Just drinking the soft drink can cause permanent damage within a few minutes. There are lots of healthy foods that have corrosive qualities, like oranges, but you should limit your acidic food and drink intake as much as you can, and always brush your teeth on a regular basis. Dropping soda from your diet will help you protect your teeth for as long as possible.
5. Avoid Disease
Drinking even one can of soda a day can contribute significantly to your risk of diabetes, heart problems, and other chronic diseases. Since most chronic diseases are largely preventable, you should be doing everything you can to avoid them or stave them off. A can of soda might satisfy a craving right now, but you can never get rid of diabetes.
6. You’ll Save Money
Think about how much soda you drink in a week. How about a year? The average American consumes 216 liters of soda a year. Whether you buy your sodas one at a time from a vending machine, or in bulk, that’s still a lot of money. If you give up soda and start drinking water instead, think of all the money you’d save, and what you could do with it.
7. It’s Wasteful
Every time you open a can or bottle of soda, that’s one more piece of trash headed to a landfill somewhere. Sure, you can recycle, and you should, but many people don’t. Drink water instead, and use a reusable water bottle to cut down on waste. You’ll be saving the environment, your wallet, and your health.
8. Do You Really Even Like It?
Many people are so accustomed to the presence of soda, that it doesn’t feel like there’s any other option. When you’re at a restaurant, you order a soda. Having lunch? Drink a soda. Sodas are filled not only with sugar and caffeine, but also other ingredients, like salt, that are designed to keep you coming back for more and more. The first time I drank a soda after giving it up for a long time, I realized that I didn’t really like it at all. It was far too sweet, and it made me feel ill. When you drink soda regularly, however, your body becomes accustomed to it and begins to crave it, even if you never really liked it in the first place.
Written By Caleb Palmquist