There is plenty of opinion out there suggesting that drinking some of the leading fizzy pop brands isn’t good for you. It’s also a fact that they can taste great and offer an instant refresh – so there’ll be plenty of times when many of us still reach for a can or a bottle at times. In this article I have listed five the five major reasons why you should consider stopping drinking pop once and for all. For me there and there is no doubt that having done so, you’ll feel the benefit in a number of ways – especially when it comes to your overall fitness!
As usual, this is an opinion / entertainment piece and the views are those of the author, always do your own research – and always seek professional medical advice before changing your diet or fitness activities.
Drinking Pop = Calories and Weight Gain
The leading brand of soda / pop contains 160 calories in every can, which is exactly 160 more calories than you’ll receive if you choose to enjoy a glass of water of instead. Consider, even one can a day means you’ll have an intake of well in excess of a thousand calories a week and almost five thousand calories a month. These numbers are large enough and this is based on just one can – imagine the size of these numbers if you were drinking a couple of cans a day or even a bottle? Some individuals will be using up a large proportion of their suggested daily calorific intake in these fizzy drinks alone, so it’s little wonder that weight gain is so easy.
Pop Linked Heart and Liver Disease?
Obviously many of the health problems arise from the weight gain already listed above, with obesity and diabetes the two obvious adverse side effects. However there are a number of other not so obvious health problems associated with drinking pop. One recent study concluded that you’ll have a 20% higher chance of developing coronary heart disease when consuming pop on a regular basis, while drinking 3 cans a day can actually triple your chances of contacting heart disease. Sugary drinks can also lead to liver disease.
Pop and Sleep Problems
A number of the leading brands of pop contain high levels of caffeine, which do a fine job of waking you up in the morning when drinking coffee, but do an equally fine job of keeping you awake at the other end of the day too. The caffeine can limit the effects of the hormones serotonin and melatonin, while also blocking adenosine receptors from being bound, each of which can cause insomnia. Caffeine is said to have a half-life of around six hours, meaning that even if you drink a can at 6pm, half of the caffeine is still in your system at midnight.
Increased Risk of Cancer?
A number of studies have suggested links between fizzy drink consumption and various types of cancer. It is said that drinking one can of fizzy drink a day can increase the potential of developing prostrate cancer by up to as much as 40% in a man. One and a half cans a day can bring on puberty earlier in girls, and early puberty can increase the chance of contracting breast cancer by up to 5% for each early year. Even drinking just two cans a week will increase the insulin the pancreas generates, which can also double the risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Some of the chemicals that are used in coloring fizzy drinks can also cause cancer.
Accelerated Aging from Drinking Pop?
Research has shown that phosphate, which is added to a number of fizzy drinks, can accelerate the aging process. Experiments which were carried out on mice showed that the mineral could cause the skin and muscles of the mammals wither, while also causing damage to both the liver and the kidney. Researchers at Harvard University stated that “Soda is the caffeine delivery vehicle of choice for millions of people worldwide, but comes with phosphorous as a passenger. This research suggests that our phosphorous balance influences the ageing process, so don’t tip it.”
Listed above are five of the major reasons you should quit pop, but this is only part of the story. Other downsides to drinking pop include links to becoming more violent, the causing of premature births, an increased risk of contracting Alzheimer’s disease and the effect that the soda can have on your teeth. Knowing the potential risks that drinking pop can bring, quitting immediately seems the only sensible choice and if you do, you’ll feel the benefit almost immediately. What’s stopping you?
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