To save moneyRemember that soda is actually a long way from being the most expensive item in your shopping cart, but the savings can add up when you start leaving it on the shelf, especially for those who buys it by the case on a regular basis. Considering that about $76 billion worth of soda was sold to consumers in 2012, it might represent bigger savings than you think.
You might live longerAlthough experts haven't proven that drinking soda will shorten your life, but there is some evidence that suggests it may cause you to age a bit faster. A recent scientific study found that soda consumption may cause cells to age faster. In some ways, drinking soda may accelerate aging similarly to the way cigarette smoking does.
Lowers the risk of diseaseSugar is the main ingredient in soda that makes it taste so great. But as more and more doctors and scientists are beginning to realize, too much sugar is very bad for your health. Too much sugar is known to contribute to your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and even gout. Don’t be fooled by diet sodas since the artificial sweeteners they contain are far from beneficial for your health.
It will import the health of your teethWe are all aware of the fact that sugar is bad for our teeth. Soda has more than its share of sugar for sure, but what you may not know is that it also contains acids that can contribute to the erosion of the enamel on your teeth. That makes soda doubly bad for your choppers, and once again, diet soda is no exception because it contains the same acids.
You will lose weightIn a lot of cases, cutting soda out of your diet will often cause weight loss. That means you may be able to shed a few pounds without dieting, working out or doing anything else except quitting soda. However, healthy eating and exercise is always a good idea.
Lower cancer riskAn additive called caramel coloring is widely used to make soda, and although it may sound harmless enough, not long ago it was linked to the possibility of increased cancer risk in humans. This concern was serious enough to cause the American Beverage Association to release a statement saying that soda manufacturers were now using less of the potentially-dangerous substance that raised concerns about caramel coloring.
Kidney stonesIf you know of anyone who has endured a battle with kidney stones, you’ll know it’s not a joke. The pain can be excruciating and has been described by some women as being worse than childbirth. That’s something you’ll want to avoid for sure. Scientific studies have linked soda consumption with a 23 percent higher risk of developing kidney stones.
Environmental concernsWhether you consider yourself a tree-hugger or not, it is interesting to know that the energy used to produce one 2-liter bottle of soda has about the same carbon footprint as driving an automobile for about a mile.
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