16 things no one tells you about carbonated drinks

In 2019 we all know that sodas containsoda are bad for you. This is certainly nothing new.

But, even if this is true, no one knows exactly the problems that the (abundant) use of drinks with soda brings to our body.

In questo articolo quindi cerchiamo di fare un po’ di chiarezza.

I will not simply tell you that carbonated drinks (and with a high sugar content) make you fat, but I will also tell you about some things that you certainly ignore .

The abuse of these drinks is the first step towards a precarious physical condition which can also lead to very serious situations for one's health.

Sugar, which we will talk about again , must be assumed correctly.

But first things first.

1. Soda makes you fat in all the wrong places

If you consume sugar in the form of soda it is clear that it is not that we get fat with Beyoncé's firm butt, quite the contrary. I'm not talking about that fat that makes you sexy by shaping your hips.Recent studies speak of visceral fat, the fat that collects around vital organs, such as the heart, liver, kidneys, intestines and stomach. And this type of fat is closely linked to type 2 diabetes and other inflammatory diseases. In fact, the incidence of normal soda consumption on a liver disease defined as fatty liver has been studied and it has an incidence of 100%. The most obvious visual sign of the presence of so-called visceral fat in the body is having a protruding belly. If you ever find yourself in this condition, I recommend that you do some in-depth analysis.A University of Texas, in its recent studies, found a correspondence between soda and the increase in belly circumference in more than 70% of cases.

2. Soda doesn't make you feel full

The sugar in soda is 50% glucose and 50% fructose. However, when there are no fibers, our brain does not calculate fructose as a nourishment so we only swallow the calories without feeling full. This is very dangerous because every time we drink a carbonated drink we don't feel the sense of satiety so we add food to a food already full of excess sugar and calories.Several studies have achieved the same result, claiming that these dispersed liquid calories lead to excess weight.

3. Soda accelerates aging

With all the anti-aging products on the market we can well imagine that people do not like to age even following the circle of life, let alone if they are happy with taking a substance that accelerates aging ageing.

All carbonated drinks, even light ones, contain phosphoric acid which gives them their spicy flavor and prolongs their expiration over time, preserving them from bacteria and mould. Excess phosphoric acid has been linked to kidney problems, decreased bone density, osteoporosis and muscle wasting due to its interference with calcium absorption in the body.The latest studies discovered that mice with high phosphoric acid in their bodies died 5 times earlier than mice with normal levels. In my hunt for bad sugar I've also found that going without it gives skin an unthinkable youthful glow, try it.

4. Drinking soda leads to insulin resistance

Insulin resistance is the gateway to metabolic syndrome which can be described as a set of risk factors (including high blood pressure and excess fat around the waist) associated with type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Insulin's main role is to direct glucose from the blood to the correct cells. But when you drink too much soda, you actually bombard your body with sugar by forcing your pancreas to produce much more insulin. This leads to insulin resistance – something you really don't want in your life.

5. Consuming soda can lead to heart disease


Heart disease is very prevalent and is also the number 1 cause of death worldwide. This type of problem leads to heart failure, heart attacks, strokes. And even if you pass one of these steps it is difficult to live a normal life. The habit of drinking soda can also affect this.A study published in 2014 confirmed that those who drink carbonated drinks have a 38% greater chance of dying of a heart attack. The American Heart Association recommends no more than six teaspoons of sugar per day for women. Just think: a can of regular soda contains 8.75 teaspoons of sugar - more than the recommended limit and it certainly won't be the only source of sugar of the day.

6. Sugary drinks increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes

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As mentioned earlier, soda consumption can lead to insulin resistance which then leads to metabolic syndrome. A research by Harvard University associates sugary drinks with the development of type 2 diabetes.

Research has shown that drinking one or two drinks sugary drinks per day increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by 26 percent compared to those who consumed less than one sugary drink per month. Drinking just one can a day increases the risk by 15 percent. Type 2 diabetes is certainly not a disease to be taken lightly, especially for its complications affecting the heart, kidneys, eyes and lower limbs.

7. Soda Containing Drinks and Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease has long been thought of as an inherited neurodegenerative disease that we cannot control. And if it is true that unfortunately we still do not have a cure, we have certainly found foods and habits that can increase the possibility of developing it. Insulin resistance is precisely defined a considerable risk marker in the development of the disease. Also a Japanese study found a crazy match between type 2 diabetes patients and Alzheimer's.

8. Soda associated with serious brain disorders

The artificial sweetener aspartame found as an ingredient in many carbonated drinks is often associated with several brain disorders, including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and brain tumors. In fact, many epileptic patients are forbidden to drink carbonated drinks precisely so as not to increase the risk of attacks. There have also been several studies on the ingestion of carbonated drinks in brain tumors. I don't know about you but that would be enough for me to even think about drinking soda.

9. The caramel color included causes cancer

If you are a fan of Pepsi, Coca Cola or anything else you should stop and read this. The caramel brown color that is used to color your favorite soda contains two contaminants that are proven to cause cancer in animals. Let's talk about 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole.The research published by PLOS ONE spoke of clear evidence of carcinogenic activity in male and female guinea pigs. And the cool thing is this coloring doesn't change the taste, it's just a cosmetic thing!

In 2011, California's Proposition 65 law stated that the levels of 4-methylimidazole contained in sodas would require a label warning sign on every unit sold in the state. Since then, both Coca-Cola and Pepsi have claimed to have switched to a coloring that does not contain 4-methylimidazole.

However, tests of Pepsi not sold in California have shown that it still contains dangerous levels of the chemical. The best thing to do? Stay away!

10. Sugar can be addictive

Anyone who has attended a children's birthday party knows the effects of sugar on the body. Sugar triggers the release of dopamine which is a neurotransmitter hormone and is like cocaine, it gets you high and makes you feel good. It's like drugs, it makes you feel good for a couple of hours, then your blood sugar drops and you need more sugar, as if you were in an abstinence crisis.

11. Soda is bad for your teeth

The phosphoric acid contained in soda and which also leads to osteoporosis is also terrible for your teeth. This acid basically rots your teeth, the least it can do is get you a tooth decay or gum disease. It's not that this acid isn't present in diet drinks so put your mind at ease.Recent research considers drinking soda to be worse for teeth than any drug used for a long time. Many men as well as many women have lost all their teeth due to excess soda, so it is good to think about your health and also about the cost of a possible implant.

12. Soda contains flame retardants

You know those retardants found in bed sheets to make them non-flammable as well as sofas. What you don't know is that they are also present in sodas in the form of brominated vegetable oil. This chemical has been linked to alarming conditions, such as nervous disorders, memory loss, and skin lesions, and is banned in Europe and Japan but not in North America.

13. The cans contain a resin that is linked to infertility

All of our soda cans contain BPA, a resin that acts as a barrier between the soda and the drink. This resin has been linked to diabetes, reproductive cancers and infertility. Both Pepsi and Coca Cola are working on BPA free products but are still in development.

14. Side Effects of GM Corn

Most sodas made in the US use high fructose corn syrup instead of brown sugar, as it is a much cheaper ingredient. We don't know how much harm fructose corn syrup does, but we know very well that 90% of the corn produced in America is genetically modified to resist chemical agents. And how bad are genetically modified products? We talk about cancer, infertility and damage to the digestive system, remember that.

15. Diet sodas pollute our water

We talked about the direct damage of cans on our body but we still haven't talked about the indirect damage of the substances contained in diet sodas that we ourselves discharge into our waters, polluting them.A 2009 survey tested purification and purification plants in the United States and found them full of sucralose.

16. Soda provides zero nutritional values

Basically no nutritional value is present in cans of carbonated drinks, therefore they are practically drunk empty, without any benefit for our body. They're just empty calories.

So, after all these 16 points, I hope I've changed your mind a bit, but lastly, I'll give you some practical tips to stop drinking soda or thinking about it.

Riduci il consumo di lattine durante una settimana per poi continuare con l’altra successiva.

Change your routine and the way you eat. Don't stop at the usual fast-food restaurant, go home.

Replace fizzy drinks with herbal teas, sparkling water with a splash of fresh lime, or a glass of milk to quench your thirst.

Parla con un tuo collega al lavoro, fatti una breve passeggiata, perdi 10 minuti di tempo per una tazza di tè in compagnia.

Always write down when you have drunk your can in order to trace a path that tell your progress like when you quit smoking. Just as you can identify the causes that lead you to drink soda, in case of stress or a meeting with friends. A very smart way to deal with your body's health, trust me.

And above all write, happy, your first day soda free.

Because there will come a time when you will completely forget your need for fizzy drinks and you will finally feel free and fit. A long process but certainly very important for you, for your health, for your body. Just think about that long list of consequences you just read, think about how much better your body can be without all that chemistry treated, just think about how pleasant it can be to live your life in health, without fear of continuing to swallow harmful things for your physique.

It will be a beautiful day and we will live it together.

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