Soda and Diet Soda: Household Poisons

We all know soda and diet soda aren’t exactly good for us.  Pretty much in the same way that any sugar filled treat isn’t good for us right? Fatally wrong. Soda, yes, even diet soda, is one of the most harmful substances that you could possibly fill your form with, yet people still down the stuff like a dehydrated cactus lapping at a single drop of water. Even the cans that soda normally come in are incredibly harmful. The truth is that even a single gulp of soda is like a 120 mph head on collision with a brick wall for your organs.  Need an extra push to kick your soda habit? Do yourself a favor and read on.

 

Why do People Drink Soda?

If everyone knows soda is bad for them, why do millions of people still tilt their heads back and indulge?  The answer is simple: it’s easy.  Soda is tasty, cheap, convenient, and EVERYWHERE! No matter where you go you’re bound to see an advertisement for some type of can or bottle of sugary satisfaction.  There’s a reason advertisements exist, and it’s not for aesthetics:  Advertising works!

Your brain is constantly processing every minute detail of information that your senses even remotely capture.  Whether you remember it or not, all of this information is stored in your brain.  If a Mountain Dew advertisement steps into your peripheral vision for even a moment it seeps into the murky depths of your mind and the next time your friend even mentions the word ‘mountain’ or ‘dew’ – BAM!  Your synapses fire, a connection is made to the instantaneous glance of the Mountain Dew advertisement you saw earlier and your mouth begins to water.  Why does your mouth water?  Because you are addicted.

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Soda is almost entirely water, sugar and caffeine, and sugar and caffeine happen to be two of the most addictive substances on the planet, nearly equal in their biological sway to heroin and meth.  Consumption of sugar and caffeine are associated with a whole slew of attractive words like ‘binge,’ ‘craving,’ and ‘withdrawal.’

But that’s okay, people can become addicted to anything, whether it be carrots, television, or sex, so what’s the big deal?

 

The Big Deal: Soda Vs. Diet Soda

Soda and diet soda each have their own disgusting face that the advertisements hide, but let’s start with good ol’ regular soda first.

Dr. Mercola explains what happens within an hour of drinking a soda:

Within the first 10 minutes,10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. This is 100 percent of your

recommended daily intake, and the only reason you don’t vomit as a result of the overwhelming sweetness is because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.

Within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.

Within 40 minutes, caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.

Around 45 minutes, your body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – a physically identical response to that of heroin, by the way.

After 60 minutesyou’ll start to have a sugar crash.

Drug goes in, pleasure comes out, then CRASH! So you drink some more. Compared to the physiological effects of a simple serving of soda, cannabis suddenly doesn’t sound so bad after all.

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The long term effects are far more startling. Let’s take a look at the specifics and scare your desire for soda back into the pit of future diabetes where it came from!

 

Soda

1. What makes soda so deliciously sweet is a huge serving of high fructose corn syrup, a clever name for organ-destroyer.  HFCS has been linked to diabetes more than a few times.  Your chances of developing type 2 diabetes is practically guaranteed with a regular intake of soda.  On top of the whole diabetes fiasco, soda is absolutely useless biologically.  Which brings us to our next point.

2. Soda is useless.  There are absolutely no nutritionally beneficial components to soda, with the exception of a measly 4mg of potassium. Soda excels in one area: expanding your waistline.

3. Soda leads to obesity, a growing trend for the world at large. For each additional serving of soda that you consume you increase your risk for obesity by 1.6 times.  Enough said.

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4. Due to a lack of calcium in the diets of people who habitually consume soda, osteoporosis is a serious risk associated with soda consumption.  Even minor soda consumption can lead to bone loss as the large amounts of phosphoric acid found in soda hinders the body’s ability to effectively use calcium.

5. If Mountain Dew can dissolve a rat think about what it does to your body, especially the enamel of your teeth. Soda is about as good for your enamel as staring directly at the midday sun is good for your eyesight. It is even worse for your teeth and causes more tooth decay than traditional hard candy. Sure, soda is cheap, but when’s the last time you only spent a few dollars at the dentist?

6. Drinking soda leads to kidney disease.  All it takes is 2 servings of soda a day and you are automatically added to the long line of people more than likely to be diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Soda also dramatically increases the rate of formation of kidney stones. It doesn’t take much either.  Just a slight amount of soda consumption is a sure path leading to pain worse than child labor. As a person who has passed a kidney stone before, listen to me and not your tongue; the soda isn’t worth it!

7. Consumption of soda leads to harmful effects on the liver similar to the effects that alcohol has on the liver. When it comes to the liver, soda junkies are no better than alcoholics.

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8. An additive in soda called sodium benzoate causes irreparable cell and DNA damage, leading to accelerated aging and age related diseases.

9. Finally, there is a high addiction potential when it comes to soda. As stated above, caffeine and sugar are insanely addictive.  Many researchers are suggesting that sugar to be as controlled as alcohol and tobacco due to its harmful effects on the body and incredibly addictive nature.

At this point you might be thinking “I’m no fool, I dropped soda years back and replaced it with diet soda, the healthy alternative to all my sugary-sweet woes.”  Think again, diet soda is even worse.

 

Diet Soda

A lot of what you read about soda still applies to diet soda.  A common misconception is that diet soda is better for you than regular soda due to being calorie free as it does not contain high fructose corn syrup.  Allow me to explain to you how diet soda is even worse!

1. Although diet soda doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup, it does contain artificial sweeteners so that your tongue can still get excited.  The most common artificial sweetener used is aspartame, which is closer to a toxin than anything else.  People from all over the world have reported adverse reactions to aspartame and double blind studies verify the results. The toxicological dangers of aspartame are well documented and the general rule of thumb that you will hear from medical professionals regarding the substance is to treat aspartame like a desperate Louis Vuitton wielding female and, “stay far, far away!”

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2. Just like regular soda, diet soda is nutritionally useless, containing carbonated water, caramel color (depending on the soda), aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium citrate, natural flavors, citric acid, and caffeine. There is no conceivable benefit to consuming soda or diet soda besides the fraction of a second pleasure your tongue devilishly persuades your brain is worth the well documented risks.

3. Diet sodas actually make it even MORE likely than regular sodas that you will become obese. There are multiple theories for why this occurs, but the most likely reason is the cravings that diet soda leaves us with.

How could a zero-calorie drink raise your risk of obesity? Researchers have a few theories. Some people may feel that drinking diet soda gives them a “free pass” to eat more foods that may not be so low in calories, thereby leading to weight gain. Another theory posits that the sweet taste of diet pop alerts our digestive system that high-calorie foods are coming. When they don’t, our bodies are confused and our appetite increases in anticipation of the food it’s expecting.

4. Keep in mind that diet soda still contains phosphoric acid so the risk of bone loss is still ever present for diet soda drinkers.

5. Although the pH level (acidity) of diet soda is not as strong as regular soda, it is still extremely acidic, and leads to enamel loss in the same way that soda does.

6. Remember the kidney problems that were associated with regular sodas? Same applies to diet sodas.  Sorry ladies and gentleman, diet soda is not going to fix the kidney stone problem.

7. If you’re fond of dark sodas, I have bad news for you.  Researchers have found that the seemingly harmless caramel coloring found in dark sodas may lead to an increase risk of multiple forms of cancer.

8. Diet sodas even more commonly contain that wretched chemical sodium benzoate.  Again, sodium benzoate causes irreparable cell and DNA damage, leading to accelerated aging and age related diseases. If you’re part of the YOLO fad, maybe soda is for you, otherwise, stop burning your wick at both ends, put down the soda, and ‘live long and prosper.’

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9. To sum up, diet soda involves all the same risks as soda, and is also associated with a higher risk of obesity, greater toxicity due to aspartame, and even greater DNA damage.

 

So what should you drink?

Water, tea, and every so often 100% fruit juice, but not too much as fruit juice contains a hefty amount of sugars, even if they are natural.  Seem like a boring list?  Well guess what?  Doing a crossword puzzle in the comfort of your home might be boring but it beats dying of cancer as an obese diabetic 50 year old on a semi-sterile hospital bed.

Besides, tea is a world of variation regarding taste and physical effect.  I guarantee there are at minimum 100 diferent types of tea out there that you will discover and fall eternally in love with, if only you make a conscious effort and kick the soda habit. One of my favorite brands of tea is Yogi.

Make no mistake, soda is an addictive drug, and it will take time to wean yourself off of it.  Once you do though, you will wonder how you ever stomached the horrid junk in the first place.

 

Source List:

Wondergressive: Aluminum Cans Leading to Obesity

Forbes: What Makes a TV Commercial Memorable and Effective?

Princeton University: Sugar Can be Addictive

National Geographic: Caffeine Addiction is a Mental Disorder

PubMed.gov: Brain Mechanisms of Sweetness

Dr. Mercola: What Happens to Your Body After Drinking Coke

High Fructose Corn Syrup and Diabetes

PubMed.gov: Consumption of Sweetened Beverages and Intakes of Fructose and Glucose Predict Type 2 Diabetes Occurrence

Soda Nutrition Facts

Wondergressive: The Obese Shall Inherit the Earth

PubMed.gov: The Role of Sugar-sweetened Beverage Consumption in Adolescent Obesity

PubMed.gov: Short-term effects on bone turnover of replacing milk with cola beverages

WebMD: Soda and Osteoporosis

Scientific American: Can Mountain Dew Really Dissolve a Mouse Carcass?

The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice

PubMed.gov: Carbonated soft drinks and dental caries in the primary dentition

PubMed.gov: Effect of cola consumption on urinary biochemical and physicochemical risk factors

PubMed.gov: Changes in urinary magnesium, citrate, and oxalate levels due to cola consumption

Kidney Stones and Uretral Stones

PubMed.gov: Long term nutritional intake and the risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)

PubMed.gov: The evaluation of the genotoxicity of two food preservatives: sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate

Wondergressive: Aging Process is Similar to Replicating CDs

Time: Should Sugar be Regulated Like Alcohol and Tobacco? 

PubMed.gov: Aspartame ingestion and headaches: a randomized crossover trial

PubMed.gov: Adverse reactions to aspartame

Reported Aspartame Toxicity Effects

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WebMD: Drinking More Diet Soda, Gain More Weight?

Health Side Effects of Diet Soda

Pop and Cavaties

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Wondergressive: Green Tea Power

Yogi Tea

The Obese Shall Inherit the Earth

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As a species we are round, plump, overweight, porky, of ample proportions, jelly-bellied, elephanty- call it what you want. We are fat! We have evolved from scavenging bushes and laboriously hunting animals to survive a few more worrisome nights, to covering ourselves in chocolate and cream for sexual pleasure, all in the blink of a cosmic eye.

With that image in mind, hang on to your flab world, I have some back breaking news:  it’s official, we are obnoxiously, and fatally fat. The shocking truth is that we are now so fat that obesity is currently a bigger global health crisis than hunger. It’s official, according to a new study from The Lancet, obesity the leading cause of disabilities around the world. The health burden from high body mass indexes now exceeds that due to hunger.  The ‘big boned’ excuse isn’t going to cut it anymore.

Approximately 500 researchers from 50 different countries compiled health date from 1990 to 2010 into the Global Burden of Disease report. The numbers aren’t pretty.

Despite showing extremely high global immunization rates, the report revealed that:

Every country, with the exception of those in sub-Saharan Africa, faces alarming obesity rates — an increase of 82% globally in the past two decades. Middle Eastern countries are more obese than ever, seeing a 100% increase since 1990.

Ali Mokdad, co-author of the study, explains that:

The so-called ‘Western lifestyle’ is being adapted all around the world, and the impacts are all the same.

So what has obesity paved the way for as far as impacts go?  For the first time in history, noncommunicable diseases like heart disease and diabetes are the top reasons for years spent sick.

Mokdad added that:

All these problems are tied to obesity. We’re even seeing a large percentage of people suffering back pain now. If we could lower the obesity rates, we’d see the numbers of noncommunicable diseases and pain decrease as well.

The report wasn’t all negative at least.  People are living much longer than what was projected in 1990.  Men have gained 10.7 years of life and women have gained 12.6.  But, even those numbers are tinged by obesity, as the quality of life during old age has dramatically decreased.  On average, people all over the world suffer from illness and pain for the last 14 years of life.

Mokdad points out that:

We’ve figured out how to keep the person who suffered a stroke alive, but then they’re living disabled for years afterward. That’s not the quality of life that person expected.

Noncommunicable diseases are a huge problem for the world economy and your pocket as well.  A 2011 report from the World Economic Forum and Harvard School of Public Health outlines how these diseases will account for $30 trillion over the next twenty years, with an additional $16 trillion in mental health care costs.

Health professional say that stress is the greatest killer, and obesity is one of the most harmful stresses we can put on our bodies and lives. Let’s make sure we are addressing this issue on all levels, communally and individually.

Here is my number one hint in 2013 for losing weight and becoming healthier overall; drop the soda-pop. 

Take your last high fructose filled gulp and never look back.

 

Sources:

CNN: Global report: Obesity bigger health crisis than hunger

The Lancet: Global Burden of Disease Study 2010

World Economic Forum: The Global Economic Burden of Non-communicable Diseases

CNN: Time to address a neglected global epidemic

HuffPost: Soda, Other Sugary Drinks More Firmly Tied To Obesity In New Studies

Wondergressive: Obesity and Low Carb Fads: Where Did We Go Wrong? (Part 1)

Mystery of the Dying/Disappearing Honeybees Solved

Colony Collapse Disorder is a serious threat to commercial, and many wild honeybees around the world.  Scientists have been scratching their head trying to understand why so many honeybees are disappearing,  abandoning their hive and subjecting their queens to painful starvation and death.  Is it an all out bee revolution? Actually, new studies are pointing the finger at a class of pesticide called  neonicotinoids.

These pesticides, known as ‘neonics’ are used widely throughout the US and are also staples in home gardening products. The chemicals are a nerve poison to insects, and is likely responsible for the bees not being able to find their way back home.

The evidence is overwhelming.  Harvard even recreated massive colony collapse by administering minuscule amounts of a popular neonic to a hive.

Researchers at Harvard state that,

“There is no question that neonicotinoids put a huge stress on the survival of honey bees in the environment. The evidence is clear that imidacloprid [one of the most popular neonics on the market] is likely the culprit for Colony Collapse Disorder via a very unique mechanism that has not been reported until our study.”

That mechanism is high fructose corn syrup, which did not affect bees until it was mixed with the neonic in 2004 -2005. The very next year massive Colony Collapse Disorder began to affect the US.

Poor agricultural practices like monoculture, massive land development, and GMO planting may also be factors contributing to Colony Collapse Disorder.

Many countries, including Poland, France, and Germany have begun banning pesticides linked to bee deaths and have seen dramatic improvements in the overall health of their bees.  Colony Collapse Disorder is a warning, and if we act quickly to solve the problem, it will not bee too late.

It is unknown whether Einstein actually said it, but there is a famous quote usually credited to him that holds a great amount of truth nonetheless:

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left.”

Time to alter our farming practices and get these agricultural monopolies out of our back pockets.  Why not empty our pockets all together!?