Soda. What is it about this sugary, carbonated, nutritionally-void beverage that has the average American drinking 60 gallons-worth per year?* No, really. I wanna know. What's your personal take on this statistic? I ask because I'm one of those oddballs who has never really "craved" soda - never much interested in it as a kid, parents never really had it around, never could stand to guzzle such a fizzy beverage so that it normally takes me an hour or more to get through a single can. Oh, and too much caffeine and I have never really been the greatest of friends. *jitterzzz*
Of course I'm not going to say that I've never touched the stuff, or that I haven't had a few months here and there where I've drank more than my usual (usual = very little to none). However, almost 100% of the time, I won't touch cola of any sort - I find it far to acidic. It's as if I can FEEL the acids damaging my teeth & my insides, seriously. I tend to stick with Mountain Dew or clear sodas such as 7UP or Sprite. However, since starting my fitness journey, I've come to the point where I'm back to not touching soda at all. And I'm all the happier for it, too, especially after having read some articles on the effects of soda on our bodies. I've linked a few of these at the end of this blog in case you're interested in doing some research of your own.
Consuming THIS much sugar, in any form, natural or artificial, is just plain bad for our health. Really. What is it about the American diet that has us stuffing ourselves with so much unhealthy garbage? And, with soda, it's not JUST the sugar that's absolutely terrible for us. The following health problems can all be linked back to soda consumption: obesity, diabetes and tooth damage (sugar), osteoporosis (phosphoric acid), and harm to major organs such as the kidneys, liver and heart. Even so-called "diet" soda isn't exempt from this list of ailments. Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet), an artificial sweetener, is a known TOXIN to our bodies.
Let's work together to break the high-sugar habit! If you're looking to lose weight, one of the first and easiest things you can do is to give up soda. All those empty calories can easily be replaced with healthier, and just as tasty, alternatives.
I'd love to have some feedback on this topic, whether you agree or disagree with me. Good day and namaste!
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