We all know soda is something you should not be drinking on a daily base. But for people that do not realise the negatives of having a cold glass of coke, here are 5 things to consider before pouring a second glass.
Sugar, a lot of it.
A 355ml (12oz) Coke can contains 39g of sugars, that's around 9 ½ teaspoons. To put it in perspective, imagine putting 9 teaspoons of sugar in your morning coffee. The NHS recommends a daily sugar intake of 37g. You will be having your recommended daily amount in one can. In other words, that's a lot of sugar.
If you drink any diet or zero sugar soda to avoid the high sugar content then I'm sorry to say that the alternatives can be as bad as the full sugar ones. The artificial sweeteners used to substitute the sugar are linked to a number of health problems such as diabetes, seizures, brain tumours, high blood sugar, and raised cholesterol.
A majority of sodas content phosphoric acid, which affects your ability to absorb calcium, leading to bone softening. For the athletes out there, this would be a serious concern. Phosphoric acid also interacts with your stomach acid making digestion less efficient slowing or even blocking nutrient adsorption.
Lack of Nutrients
By lack of nutrients, I mean that there is literally zero nutrients in soda. To put it bluntly, soda is not a natural substance, we shouldn't be drinking it.
The high levels of caffeine in some sodas may lead to dehydration. Caffeine causes your body to excrete fluids due to it being a natural diuretic.
But of course I do not expect you to start drinking soda all together, you can still have a glass every now and them. I just wanted to point out some of the negatives of drinking soda on a daily or weekly bases.
If you want to reduce your soda intake, take a look at our blog on infused water for some refreshing alternatives.