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14 Reasons Not to Drink Soda February 12, 2009

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You know it’s not healthy – but it’s cheap, convenient and tasty. Plenty of people drink it – 15 billion gallons a year consumed in the United States alone.

Need a reason to stop drinking soda? Here are fourteen:

  1. Extra pounds

    Soda contributes to overweight and obesity. Drinking one can of soda a day can add more than 1 pound of weight gain every month. A single 12-ounce can of soda has as much as 13 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high-fructose corn syrup. A can of Coca-Cola Classic will take about 30 minutes to walk off. Diet soda?  Forget about it. It is just as likely to cause weight gain as regular, or even more. Plus there’s the added health risks – Artificial Sweeteners – How Sweet Are They? (The Lancet, February 2001)

  2. Liver damage

    Soda damages your liver. There is evidence that consumption of too many soft drinks puts you under increased risk for liver cirrhosis similar to what chronic alcoholics have. The preservative sodium benzoate may be the cause. (The Independent, Britain, May 27, 2007)

  3. Tooth decay

    Soda dissolves tooth enamel. Researches say that soft drinks are responsible for doubling or tripling the incidence of tooth decay. Soda’s acidity is even worse for teeth than the solid sugar found in candy. In tests done on the acidity levels of soda, certain ones were found to have PH levels as low as 2.5. To put that into perspective, battery acid has a pH of 1 and pure water has a pH of 7. You do the math. (Journal of the American Dental Association, 1984:109-241-5)

  4. Kidney stones and chronic kidney disease

    Colas are well known for their high phosphoric acid content, a substance known to change the urine in a way that promotes kidney stone formation. Research, published in Epidemiology, found that drinking two or more colas a day (whether artificially sweetened or regular) was linked to a twofold risk of chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease includes conditions that damage and decrease the kidney’s ability to remove toxins and maintain normal fluid balance. (Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, August 1992)

  5. Diabetes

    Anything that promotes weight gain increases the risk of diabetes. Drinking soda not only contributes to making people fat, but it also stresses the body’s ability to process sugar. Some scientists suspect this is why the number of Americans with type 2 diabetes has tripled from 6.6 million in 1980 to 23.6 million today. (Journal of the American Medical Association, August 25, 2004)

  6. Heartburn & acid reflux

    Heavy consumption of soda is a strong predictor of heartburn. Carbonated beverages are very acidic. They also deliver a lot of air – in the form of carbon dioxide – which can cause distension of the stomach. And that distension appears to be associated with more reflux. (American College of Chest Physicians journal “Chest”, May 2005)

  7. Osteoporosis

    Soft drinks containing phosphoric acid are linked to osteoporosis (a weakening of the skeletal structure) because they lead to lower calcium levels and higher phosphate levels in the blood. When phosphate levels are high and calcium levels are low, calcium is pulled out of the bones. Researchers found, that high soda consumption (particularly cola) in children poses a significant risk factor for impaired calcification of growing bones. (American Journal of Preventive Medicine, October 2004)

  8. Hypertension (high blood pressure)

    Overconsumption of soda leads to an increase in blood pressure. It doesn’t matter if the soda is regular or diet. Teens, particularly black teens, who drink several soft drinks daily may increase their blood pressure and their risk for developing hypertension. (The Journal of the American Medical Association, November 9, 2005)

  9. Heart disease

    Heavy soda drinkers are more likely to develop risk factors for heart disease. Research shows that drinking more than one soft drink a day is associated with an increased risk of developing the metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a group of symptoms such as central obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting blood sugar, elevated fasting triglycerides, low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol). Having three or more of the symptoms increases a person’s risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease.(American Heart Association’s journal “Circulation”, July 31, 2007)

  10. Impaired digestion (gastrointestinal distress)

    Drinking sodas, especially on an empty stomach, can upset the fragile acid-alkaline balance of the stomach and other gastric lining, creating a continuous acid environment. This prolonged acid environment can lead to inflammation of the stomach and duodenal lining. (Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2005 Oct;105(10):1559-1566)

  11. Hyperactivity and Mental Problems

    Teenagers who drink more soda have more mental health difficulties, including hyperactivity and mental distress. In a study conducted in Norway, researchers used questionnaires to survey 5,547 Norwegian 10th graders about their eating and soda-drinking habits, as well as hyperactivity and conduct problems in school, and mental health indicators such as anxiousness, dizziness, hopelessness, panic, sadness, sleeplessness, tension, unhappiness with themselves and a sense that everything is a burden. Teenagers who drank the most soda (an average of four or more glasses a day) scored highest on measures of behavioral difficulties, hyperactivity, mental distress and overall mental health problems. (American Journal of Public Health, October 2006, Vol 96, No. 10)

  12. Caffeine addiction

    Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say when people don’t get their usual dose of caffeine, they can suffer a range of withdrawal symptoms including headache, fatigue, muscle pain and inability to concentrate.

  13. Water Conservation

    The amount of water required to produce a single liter of soft drink may be only three or four liters, but vast quantities are used to produce the sugar and corn syrup feedstock. UN calculations suggest that more than one third of the world’s population is suffering from water shortages: by 2020 water use is expected to increase by 40 per cent from current levels, and by 2025, according to another UN estimate, two out of three people could be living under conditions of “water stress”. Sourced: Ecologists warn the planet is running short of water

  14. Money

    If the health risks don’t convince you, look at the economics. A person who drinks just 2 cans of soda a day will pay $206 over the course of a year to keep the habit going. If there is more than one soda drinker in the household, that yearly total could quickly double or even triple.

It’s not hard to ditch the soda habit. I started out by making my own iced tea, then switched to filtered water. If plain water doesn’t do it for you, try these alternatives to soda.

Tell me again, why are you still drinking soda?


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38 Responses to “14 Reasons Not to Drink Soda”

  1. Edouard Says:

    A brilliant, sincerely brilliant article Daryl. Many thanks for that !

    As we have discussed about it, I generally don’t drink sodas – except some Orangina during very hot days, which is not often here.

    I was laughing at my dad when I was a kid because he drinks a loot of tea. Now, I drink almost everyday a pint of green tea, sometimes with mint (a souvenir I brought from Morocco… ).

    On tooth decay, I would like to share with you something.

    We have at home some furnitures with marble tops. Marble, as you know is really resistant. Nonetheless I learned that Coke can seriously attack and alter marble.

    Knowing that the human body is not made of stone, it gives you an idea on how Coke can be dangerous…

    Furthermore: your number nine comforts me in my choice: I’ll stick to my green tea.

    If you want to learn out more on this great drink, feel free to have a look at this article from TreeHugger:

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  3. Poop Cola Says:


  4. Sererlia Says:

    Also Gas: You will get bloated. And being bloated besides being super uncomfortable is not attractive.
    You will develop a bloated belly…

  5. Verda Vivo Says:

    Edouard, Thanks for your comment. I like green tea as well and usually buy tea in bulk rather than tea bags. Funny, now I don’t like the taste of soda at all. Interesting how so much “fast food” is really worthless and unhealthy junk. ~ Daryl

  6. Verda Vivo Says:

    Poop Cola, I’m not surprised given the name you’ve chosen to use! ~ Daryl

  7. Verda Vivo Says:

    Sererlia, Bloating and burping as well. Neither are attractive. ~ Daryl

    • barcabarcabarca! Says:

      Why in number 8 do you imply that excessive soft drink consumption is a problem specifically and especially found in black teens?And why do you even feel the need to write that, fact or not the article still could have been enjoyable to read and vastly imformative without the comment?!

  8. thot4thot Says:

    “In tests done on the acidity levels of soda, certain ones were found to have PH levels as low as 2.5. To put that into perspective, battery acid has a pH of 1 and pure water has a pH of 7. You do the math.”

    Just to clarify-
    The pH scale is logarithmic and as a result, each whole pH value below 7 is ten times more acidic than the next higher value. For example, pH 4 is ten times more acidic than pH 5 and 100 times (10 times 10) more acidic than pH 6. The same holds true for pH values above 7, each of which is ten times more alkaline (another way to say basic) than the next lower whole value. For example, pH 10 is ten times more alkaline than pH 9 and 100 times (10 times 10) more alkaline than pH 8. So make sure you do the logarithmic math. ^^

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  10. 迷你倉 Says:

    I will never drink soda again.
    Thanks for the information.

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  12. Everything about this article is right up my alley. Thanks for the kind words!

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  14. subzero22 Says:

    You forgot one. Soda is also linked to bone and mineral loss. I hate the taste of tea so I’ll probably go to cool-aid then water.

    For me I’m use to drinking a 24 back or more a week. When I was a teen that wouldn’t even last me 4 days.

  15. Great site with stimulating comments. 14 reasons to give up soda caused me to pour my Coke down the toilet, can you give me the same treatment for Whisky and Gin?
    A great subject that folks should know about, but don’t think to ask.
    The acid level in the stomach is normally between 1-4 pH ( depending on the stage of digestion of your last meal) which gives a little comfort when considering the acid of soda drinks and their effects, but doesn’t make it OK.
    Your body is brilliant at balancing the chemistry exactly to your needs and to screw it by dumping wholesale acid in the stomach (+additives) is surely just asking for control failures and ensuing medical problems.
    You just cured me!

  16. Cindy Bonner Says:

    Thanks for doing the research on this. I cut way back on pop and cutting it out of my diet entirely isn’t going to be hard right now.
    I was drinking one soda every week or every other week.

    I drink mainly water, and either herb teas, or decaffinated teas with Constant Comment and Green Tea as my favorites.
    I just recently learned that decaffinated tea has some caffine in it.
    I learned this because I did a stress test at the hospital, and they said
    no decaffinated teas. After reading the box, I learned there is a small amount of caffine in these teas. So I have to watch how much I drink of them. Caffine really messes with me.

  17. river Says:

    i haven’t drank pop in over a year! it was my new years resolution for 2010 but i kept going. i stick to mainly water & milk , with tye occassional juice or iced tea . its really not that hard!

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  19. 杨沛军 Says:

    so good ,thank you ,i will never drink coke ~你的文章很不错

  20. Fay Gunn Says:

    What I love about this article is the way you write and the backup medical information you provide to your readers so thank you FOR KEEPING IT REAL ;o)!!! Keep up the good work girl!!

  21. It’s actually a great and useful piece of info. I am glad that you just shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Atheist Says:

    Green tea- The wonder drink!

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  25. Giselle Says:

    This article you wrote really helped me a lot and i learned many new things i never knew before thank you so much (: !

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  27. Chasing joy Says:

    I have already cut back on my soda intake. Now I have several reasons to cut back even more.

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  30. imvu3d Says:

    This is why my friend, I try to tell my highschool friends at school to completely stop drinking soda. Water and tea (only 1 cup a day) are the only liquid drinks you should consume. I tell my friends “Soda is extra calories and extra sugar your body doesn’t need to function.”

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  32. Daniel Says:

    I already almost completely eliminated any soda. I might drink 1-2 a year. I’m weaning myself off cow breast milk at the moment. Milk actually increases the risk of osteoporosis, it is full of antibiotics and stuff, it’s full of pus, blood and feces (But don’t worry. There’s no more than 177,441,150 pus cells per glass!) All you need to drink is water! Get your calcium from plants, like spinach and beans and broccoli. They say your body absorbs more plant calcium than milk calcium. Do you know why? Because these plants all have magnesium! You need magnesium to absorb calcium. Milk has no magnesium.Tea is good but I rarely drink it tho because personally it doesn’t taste good.

    Veganism. It does a body good.

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