10 Reasons to Quit Soft Drinks

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Let’s admit it. We’re a nation of junkies addicted to sugary soft drinks. Decades of clever advertising and cheap unlimited access have made us slaves to sugary pop. We must stop this nonsense. Here are 10 reminders why you should quit, right now!

1. You’ll lose weight. Regular consumption of soft drinks make you fat. Drinking just one 12 oz. Pepsi a day for a year will add 18 pounds to your body weight when compared to water consumption.

2. You’ll lose weight by quitting diet drinks too! When you consume calorie-less sweets, your body gets confused. It releases insulin to absorb the expected sugars in the blood stream, but those sugars never arrive. The result is increased fat cell production.

3. Artificial sweeteners are dangerous. True, the FDA has approved them all, but enough studies have suggested that some artificial sweeteners may cause cancer. Until the scientists sort this out, why take the risk?

4. Diabetes. Studies have shown a link between soft drink consumption and type 2 diabetes. The high amount of sugar in soft drinks has been shown to increase your chance of getting diabetes. Diet drinks may increase the chances even more than regular drinks.

5. Save your teeth. The only thing worse than gulping down your cola, iced tea, or a sports drink is to sip it slowly. This coats your teeth with sugar, phosphoric acid, malic acid and/or citric acid. These compounds directly damage tooth enamel. Ask your dentist.

6. Save money. A family of 4 can save $500 (FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS) a year by switching to (filtered) tap water.

7. Tinker with your taste buds. Soft drinks diminish the taste of food. Of course, if you define food as a trip to Burger King, there’s not much to detract from, but eat a decently prepared meal at home or at a good sit down restaurant, and you will not want to spoil the taste with sugary water. Better have the sommelier pair a good wine with your steak.

8. Refined sugars. A single can of cola has 10 teaspoons of sugar. If you drink just one Dr. Pepper a day for a year, you’ll have consumed 32 pounds of sugar! Picture that. Take a 32 pound sack of sugar and strap it to your waist to walk around with for a day…

9. Controversial artificial colors. Yellow #5 (Tartrazine), present in Mountain Dew, for example, has been linked to hyperactivity in children.

10. The ecology. Billions of empty plastic bottles and cans are contaminating the earth. Recycling is a joke, barely touching the tip of the iceberg, even if Coca Cola is trying to convince you otherwise. Have you seen this horrific video:

So, what’s your reason to quit?

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  • http://twitter.com/lauren_015 Lauren Smith

    My reasons: chemicals and $$

  • Lavinia

    Wow, the video is compelling

  • Robin@tabletalkblog.net

    One reason would have been plenty. Yikes! 10 should convince anyone!

  • http://twitter.com/SuperMom101x2 SuperMom101

    Soda = Candy-in-a-can

    Diet Soda = Chemicals-in-a-can

    Great visual: “Refined sugars. A single can of cola has 10 teaspoons of sugar. If you drink just one Dr. Pepper a day for a year, you’ll have consumed 32 pounds of sugar! Picture that. Take a 32 pound sack of sugar and strap it to your waist to walk around with for a day…” p.s. Our elementary school gym teacher also fills a plastic baggie with sugar next to the label to show the kids how much sugar is in so called “sports drinks.”

    Keep up the great work Fooducate!

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  • Jackie T

    Just out of curiosity, do you have a study that shows diet sodas trigger the release of insulin? I am a dietitian as well, and I am a bit confused on the science of that. Insulin is released with carboydrate consumption, not artificial sweeteners. Thank you so much.

  • James Cooper

    #1. true

    #2. Absolutely not true. In fact this study shows that there is only weight gain using sugar sweetened beverages, not artificially sweetened ones. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2676995/

    3. You need to cite some studies showing any such danger.

    4. This study shows correlation but not causation.

    5. The major acid in soft drinks is carbonic acid. The amount of phosphoric acid is very small.

    6. OK

    7. Has this ever been proven?

    8. Yes, too much sugar is bad. But “refined sugar” doesn’t mean much.

    9. No, the hyperactivity studies by Jim Stevenson were discredited for poor experimental design when Oak Ridge created a report for the FDA. http://1.usa.gov/ZgpntM

    10. True enough, but this applied to bottled water as well.

  • http://twitter.com/FaerytaleMalice valentina

    I quit drinking pop last summer and while I don’t know that it had any positive effects on my health, the water I drink to replace it has.

    Plus I don’t crave sugar as much, which is also a positive.

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  • R3d3mption

    Oh Jesus Christ, these poor little animals. :c How DARE we do this to them? … ;-; -Shall never drink pop again. Even though I love it.-

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  • Dustin Madden

    people who gain weight enjoying a coke are just lazy! get off your ass, exercise while drinking it and in 30 mins you will have burned off the calories!
    worried about your teeth after drinking a nice cold one? than brush your teeth or you can be a toothless overweight jock. a lot of this is total BS, but I do agree certain chemicals are bad for us. exercise + teeth brushing + a good diet doesn’t mean we cant drink a coke now and than.