The Bittersweet Truth Behind Your Favorite Can Of Soda

by Charlene Flanagan
Sugary soda drinks are a part of the American story. It was Coca Cola Classic who gave Santa his red suit and Norman Rockwell his fame. The brand went on to produce some of the best TV ads in history and have even managed to merge their way into popular culture—music being the biggest part. Don’t believe us? Listen to the lyrics of I Want You by Savage Garden. 

Though we love the idea of a refreshing can of soda, cola is actually detrimental to your health. Apart from obesity (the most visible effect of soda), sodas also have a degrading role on your body and wellness. If you're trying to wake yourself up with soda, consider drinking black tea or kombucha, which has a number of positive benefits.

Read on to learn how drinking your favorite can of cola can prove harmful to your health. 
 

Hey Guys, Soda Can Mess With Your Junk

While this may not be the best way to break it to you, if you and your partner are trying to get pregnant, or if you hope to father children in the future, lay off the soda. Excessive consumption of cola affects the sperm quality, reduces the sperm count and can also lead to organ defect.
 

Call The Tooth Fairy

If your kids (or you, no judgment) haven’t gotten into the habit of popping a can of soda with every meal, you’re in some serious trouble. We recommend you make an appointment with your dentist because you may have some cavities. Acids and acidic sugar byproducts in frizzy drinks lead to softening of tooth enamel which in return contributes to the formation of cavities.
 

Sweet, Too Sweet

Yes, everyone has experienced that uplifting effect soda has, particularly on an exhausted body, but too much of a good thing can be bad. Drinking too much soda increases the risk of diabetes. Soda causes fat build-up around the liver and skeletal muscles, which not only leads to weight gain but also drastically raises one’s blood sugar levels.
 

It Causes Cancer

Your favorite soda possesses carcinogens. 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole are two contaminants that give soda drinks their color. These are purely artificial and have proven to increase the risk of cancer even if taken in a very small amount on a regular basis.
 

A Not-So-Healthy-Heart

We’ll lay it down for you really simply—the chemicals, sugars, and additives in soda are doing nothing to give you a clean bill of health. The combination of caffeine, sugar and sodium in high amounts increase heart-rate and blood pressure, dehydrate the body and can lead to over-eating. All these factors only mean you’re susceptible to various heart-diseases and even stroke.

There’s really no way around it—you want to stay healthy, you've got to avoid soda. Besides, if you want your body to be shaped like that Coke bottle (you know, have curves in all the right places), you’re better off sipping on some green tea instead. #TrueStory
 
Read about healthy and yummy alternatives to drinking a can a soda.
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