Have you ever noticed that there’s at least one corner store on each block in your neighborhood? Have you ever wondered why? Well, a lot of money is spent promoting the items sold (I.e. soda, chips, candy) to the American public, mainly to our youth. Aggressive marketing strategies play a big role in why these businesses are thriving in our neighborhood. Packaging designs and flavors have adapted over the years to keep you interested.
Now, do you remember those days when you and your friends visited the corner store religiously? Always leaving with a hero, a bag of chips, some candy or gum, and a bottle of soda (especially on those days when you had a school trip). At the time, it didn’t seem like a bad thing because everyone was doing it but thank goodness those days are behind you. If they’re not, make every effort to adjust your routine. Regular consumption of soda and the like increases your risk for diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. It even messes with your teeth. Do you want to be 45 with a full mouth of dentures? I didn’t think so. Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s get deeper into why we shouldn’t drink soda:
1. Soda doesn’t quench your thirst! Soda and other sugary drinks causes dehydration. After the soda is finished, it tends to leave you wanting more, right? Let me tell you this, it’s not because it tastes really good. It’s because the extremely high sugar content, caffeine, and sodium gives way to dehydration.
2. When you’ve given your body too much sugar, it doesn’t know what else to do with it so it turns it into fat. That fat gets stored in places you don’t want it stored; hence, belly fat. Your body then builds a resistance to sugar, therefore testing a higher risk for diabetes becomes all too real.
3. Soda isn’t good for your bones. Studies have shown that soda contains a lot of phosphate, and when you consume more phosphate than calcium it can be harmful to your bone health, increasing your risk for osteoporosis.
4. It could force you to make that trip to the dentist you’ve been avoiding. Just like candy, soda rots your teeth. It causes plague buildup and dissolves tooth enamel, leaving your teeth pretty defenseless.
5. Soda has absolutely no nutritional value. It contains sugar and that’s pretty much it. No minerals, no vitamins… nothing! So what’s the point of consuming empty calories?
Trying to stop drinking soda can’t happen in one day. Many health professionals believe that sugar is addictive and can overwhelm any thought we have of trying to stop us from consuming it. So start slowly. Always keep a glass of water by you. Sip it when you get thirsty to avoid the urge to get soda.
On another note, many juices targeted for kids contain the same horrible ingredients we find in soda. We need to be more mindful about what we’re feeding our kids. I know this is easier said than done but we have to try. Keep in mind the future benefits or the future disadvantages. My son is very persistent when asking for juice, and sometimes I give in. We just have to remember to give them the good stuff more often than not.