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Reasons to Not Drink Soda

Put That Can Down! 5 Reasons to Give Up Soda

If you rely on sodas to get you through the day, it's time to reconsider your options. Coke may get your motor running, but the cons of sipping one easily outweigh the pros. Before you reach for another carbonated beverage, check out a few good reasons you should stopping swigging soda.

  • Bone loss: While scientists debate the exact reason, most agree that drinking soda is bad for our bones and deters us from having something healthier like a glass of milk or water. Still, some believe the phosphoric acid in sodas may lead to osteoporosis.
  • Hypertension: Keep the doctor away by not drinking a soda a day. Studies show that people who consume sugary and carbonated sodas increase their risk of type 2 diabetes, among other diseases.
  • Dental decay: It doesn't take a brain surgeon to realize that sodas aren't the best drinks for the teeth. The acidic drinks can erode tooth enamel and cause decay. If you must, drink it through a straw.

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  • Sugar, sugar, sugar: If you want to overdose on your sugar allowance for the day, go ahead and drink a soda. The nondiet beverages are typically chock-full of it, which consequently puts you on a sugar high and eventually a sugar low. And diet sodas won't get you off the hook either.
  • The antithirst: Thirsty? Don't reach for a soda. The carbonated drinks may taste good going down, but they often leave you thirstier than before.

Chances are, a glass of water, milk, tea, or juice could serve your purposes in a much healthier manner. What are some reasons you don't drink sodas?

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JanetG0307 JanetG0307 6 years
i just gave up soda cold turkey! this has been an ongoing battle with me for years - i found myself drinking more and more and suddenly i realized i was drinking almost a 2 liter of diet coke a day! but thankfully, i'm in week 3 of little caffeine (i do love some hot cocoa as a treat) but i feel so much better!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
*Allow me to edit my above statement to say in any reputable, peer-reviewed study.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
No link between aspartame and MS has ever been shown. In any study. Ever. The thing is that MS has such a wide variety of symptoms that some people who are initially diagnosed with it actually don't have MS; many of them are experiencing the negative effects of aspartame (which, of course, affects everyone differently). But aspartame does not cause MS. It has been shown time and again.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I drink diet soda as well. I know I should give it up, but it's the only real "treat" that I allow myself to have. Even Dr. Roizen (from the "You: the Owner's Manual" book) drinks Diet Coke. I don't worry a whole lot about aspartame, but a big drawback for me is the price. I hate that it costs so much money...that will probably ultimately be my motivation to give it up.
shaima shaima 6 years
I gave up soda even if it was hard for me. I use to feel nauseous after a meal if i didnt have my soda! But it was just a bad habit. So I gave up the cola etc and start drinking sparkling water and then normal water. Now i'm not addicted anymore to sodas. My tummy says thanks!
orbit orbit 6 years
I wonder if this applies to unsweetened seltzer water. I love drinking that. It's just carbonated water with natural flavors. No artificial sweeteners. I wonder how bad carbonation alone is. Does anybody know?
genipher85 genipher85 6 years
I drink diet. I know it is bad. I gave it up for a couple of years and for some reason this summer, I started drinking it again. Something about the bubbly, cold, convenience of it, maybe beacuse of the heat and the availability of it I guess. I like carrying around the can, and drinking it with a straw. I don't know what is wrong with me but nothing else (besides wine) sounds good to me. Maybe this winter when it gets cold again I'll stop...
100lbsandcountin 100lbsandcountin 6 years
I just don't care for it, never have! And it's too bubbly for me lol.
Berzerker Berzerker 6 years
Not to mention the aspartame in diet soda; Aspartame in general, really. I won't even chew sugar-free gum anymore because the aspartame in it (Although my lips and every pencil in the house are chewed up to bits since giving up chewing gum...I have problems). Seems I meet a new person every month or so who was diagnosed with MS and they swear the artificial sweetener was a contributing factor.
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