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7 Serious Side-effects Of Soda

Soda can lead to medical issues such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Take a look at the reasons why you should consider keeping the soda out of your life.

Exercise & Fitness By Himanshu SharmaFeb 25, 2015

Soda Health Risks

You may have often read or heard about soda being bad for your health. The carbonated beverage, devoid of any nutritional value, can lead to medical issues such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Here are some reasons for why you should quit drinking soda.

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Obesity

One of the common reasons behind obesity is food indulgence. Soda habit can contribute to obesity. The sugary carbonated drink can lead to blood sugar crash. A study at the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that each additional can of soda consumed increases the risk of obesity by 1.6 times.

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Blood Sugar Levels

Adding sugar to foods and consuming soda affects blood sugar levels. When you consume soda, the pancreas starts to poduce insulin. Within a span of 15 to 20 minutes, blood sugar levels spike and the liver responds to the insulin by turning sugar into fat.

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Bone Health

Owing to the presence of phosphoric acid in soda, the soda habit can take a toll on your bones. Soda consumption can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb calcium, and can lead to conditions such as osteoporosis, cavities and bone softening.

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Digestion

Soda doesn’t give you any nutrients that are needed for digestion. Moreover, it has phosphoric acid that interacts with stomach acid, slows digestion and blocks nutrient absorption. When we're unable to digest food properly, it affects our daily lives.

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Dehydration

And while there are obvious reasons you can end up dehydrated, there are a few things that you may not realise are making you dehydrated. One of them could be soda. High sugar, sodium and caffeine content in soda contribute to dehydration.

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Cancer Risk

A study at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has linked an ingredient in sodas to cancer risk. According to the researchers, caramel colour, used by soda manufacturers, may contain a possible carcinogen known as 4-methylimidazole (4-Mel).

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Other Health Risks

Most sodas contain aspartame, which has been linked to many health problems including seizures, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and emotional disorders. Furthermore, diet sodas raise the risk of metabolic syndrome and affect HDL cholesterol.

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