April 14th, 2013
There are a plethora of reasons why pop and soft-drinks are bad for personal health as well as the environment. Never the less there have been an increase of obesity cases and children with diabetes caused solely by the consumption of sugar filled beverages. The consumption of soft-drinks and other carbonated beverages have multiple negative effects, and I want to briefly cover ten or so reason as to why soda is hazardous to our bodies as well as some negative effects that drinking soda on a daily basis has on the body.
To begin, soft-drinks are nothing but flavored sugar water, which is completely unhealthy for the body; the constant consumption of sodas can lead to obesity and diabetes. To define obesity by Webster Dictionary, it is classified as, more than average fatness. But exactly what is over average? Well according to Emily Main writer for a health website called, Rodale explains that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, believe the typical adult with a height of five foot nine inches would be considered healthy with a weight from one-hundred and twenty-five pounds to one-hundred and sixty-eight pounds, whereas and over overweight would be from one-hundred and sixty-nine pounds to two-hundred and two pounds, and to classify as obese you would have to weigh in a range of 203lbs or more. The number of Americans with diabetes in 2011, was nearly twenty-six million, according to the CDC, and close to two-hundred and thirty thousand deaths have been cause by diabetes alone. (Main 1)
Most recently, Danish researchers have found that drinking non-diet soft-drinks can lead to a drastic increase of fat that builds up around the liver. Which with the fat build up around the liver can contribute to several cases of insulin resistance, and diabetes. The study has shown that people who drank one soda every day for six months had a one-hundred and thirty-two to one-hundred and forty-two percent increase in liver fat. The problem with this is most Americans drink more than one can of soda a day, meaning that the health risk is greater increases.
Now, we all know that soda contains sugar, that’s no surprise, but what is surprising is even diet soda can add weight on. Main of Rodale reported, Scientists and researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center, studied four-hundred and seventy-five adults for ten years, and found over the ten years that those who drank diet soda have a seventy percent increase on the size of their waist, whereas those who had more than one diet soda a day had a five-hundred percent increase of waist size. This is because when the liver receives excess amounts of glucose or sugar, it is then converted in to body fat. (Main 3)
The fourth contribution to why soda has negative and unhealthy effects on the human body is, the coloring used in brown soft-drinks pose the threat of cancer. The chemicals used in the brown like coloring are; 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole. Those two chemicals were tested on animals and in each case each animal has signs of pre-cancerous cells, researched by the CDC and FDA it was found that just sixteen micrograms of 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole is enough to pose a threat of cancer. In both diet and regular brown sodas there is as much as two-hundred micrograms in a single twenty ounce bottle of soda, which is more than twelve times then the dose to pose a threat. Meaning that the more and more that somebody drinks the more popular brown sodas the higher chance they have to develop cancer cells.
Also both diet and regular sodas contain phosphates, and phosphoric acid, which is a weak acid that helps give the sodas that tangy zesty flavor, as well as extend the shelf life of the soda because it acts as a type of preservative. Now phosphates and phosphoric acids are also in food like dairy and meats, but too much of these ingredients can lead to...
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