Soda has been blamed for a huge part of the obesity epidemic in America. As toxic and addictive as this beverage is, more Americans drink soda than practically any other drink. No other sweetened drink has been recognized by scientific research to be directly associated with weight gain.
Below is a sobering look at soda addiction in America, as well as a little info on some of your favorite brands so you know what you’re ingesting every time you untwist a cap or flip a lid.
Soda Addiction and Effects on Children
Sodas in general have no nutrients, only empty calories and sugars. A 32-oz. Coke, which is typically ordered at many fast-food restaurants, has about 400 calories. That’s about a quarter of your daily calories in one beverage. Imagine how quickly those calories can add up in a single day.
Drinking sodas can lead to obesity, diabetes, rotting teeth, brittle bones and caffeine dependence – issues that long ago were only heard of among the elderly. Today it is a reality even among the youth; heavy soda consumption is one of the leading causes of childhood obesity.
It’s easy to see why. Soda machines are available in every public school, and kids regularly make use of them, preferring to drink soda more than any other beverage when water and milk should be at the top of the list. Alarmingly, just one can of soda a day can cause a pound gained per month.
The caffeine in sodas also makes kids jittery and hyperactive at first and then weak and fatigued later, which leads to trouble concentrating and staying awake in school. Never have you seen so many tired children, dragging around as if they are an older person after a hard day’s work.
Diabetes is another very real condition that sodas help create in more and more young people. Sodas are mostly sugar and water, but the amount of sugar is staggering. The average 12 oz. soda with 40 grams of sugar is equivalent to about 10-12 packets of sugar (imagine sweetening your cup of coffee with that many packets of sugar).
Blood sugar spikes and insulin fluctuations eventually lead to diabetes, which can cause blindness, kidney failure and amputations at worst. Sugar overload causes all kinds of health issues as the immune system is gradually weakened and no longer guards against disease invasion.
It is a shame that the youth of today run the risk of being physically debilitated by their 30s and 40s if soda isn’t pulled out of the equation. Take charge of your child’s health now, and say no to soda.
Popular Brands’ Data
12 oz. 7-Up – 140 calories, 39 grams of carbs and 39 grams of sugar.
12 oz. A&W Root Beer – 160 calories, 43 grams of carbs and 43 grams of sugar.
12 oz. Canada Dry Ginger Ale – 140 calories, 36 grams of carbs and 32 grams of sugar.
12 oz. Coca-Cola – 140 calories, 39 grams of carbs and 33 grams of sugar.
12 oz. Dr. Pepper – 150 calories, 40 grams of carbs and 40 grams of sugar.
12 oz. Mountain Dew – 170 calories, 46 grams of carbohydrates and 46 grams of sugar.
12 oz. Pepsi – 150 calories, 41 grams of carbs and 41 grams of sugar.
12 oz. Sierra Mist – 150 calories, 41 grams of carbs and 41 grams of sugar.
12 oz. Sprite – 140 calories, 38 grams of carbs and 33 grams of sugar.