Caffeine from 10 Reasons You Should Never Drink Soda (Slideshow)

10 Reasons You Should Never Drink Soda (Slideshow)

Staff Writer
Whether you're a fan of diet or regular, soda may be worse for you than you think
Soda

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Caffeine

Caffeine

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Sodas that contain caffeine can cause everything from heart palpitations to incontinence.

Sugar Content

Sugar Content

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One can of regular soda holds approximately 33 grams or 10 teaspoons of sugar. Can you imagine how much insulin your body needs to make to combat the excess sugar?

High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup

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Osteoperosis

Osteoperosis

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Soda has phosphoric acid which antagonizes calcium, leading to osteoporosis, bone loss, and dental decay.

Aspartame

Aspartame

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Aspartame, found in most diet sodas, is typically used as the sugar substitute, which ironically is more harmful than sugar: aspartame may be incredibly toxic, and has been associated with everything from cancer (in a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives) to mood disorders (in a study published in Biological Psychology).

Weight Gain

Weight Gain

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Forget about beer belly, you can also get diet soda belly. Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center studied 475 adults over ten years. They noted a 70 percent increase in waist circumference compared to non-soda drinkers. Those who consumed two or more diet sodas daily resulted in a whopping 500 percent increase in weight size. 

Cans

Cans

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Soda cans have bisphenol A (BPA), which prevents acids from reacting with metal. BPA is linked to altering hormones, obesity, cancers, and infertility

Plastic Bottles

Plastic Bottles

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You think switching from soda cans to plastic soda bottles is better? Think again. Plastic soda bottles and unrecycled plastic caps cause widespread damage to sea and wildlife, especially birds. The "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" is a mass of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean and is responsible for thousands of animals dying each year unnecessarily, due to human ignorance. 

Caramel Coloring

Caramel Coloring

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The caramel coloring found in many sodas is known to cause cancer, according to Consumer Reports.

Water Pollution

Water Pollution

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Artificial sweeteners do not break down in the body. So what happens? It enters water supplies. Scientists in Switzerland tested waste water treatment plants, rivers, lakes and found alarming levels of sucralose, saccharin and acesulfame K.