Skip the Soda

Do you really wanna Fanta?

The sweet cherry taste of Dr. Pepper, the orange-y goodness of Fanta, the lemon-lime tang of Sprite – all reasons why we find it so hard to opt for water instead of soda. While a can or so every so often won’t do much harm, sucking it down on a day to day basis will. Here’s why.

Sure, soda is packed with flavor, but it’s also packed with harmful ingredients that jeopardize your health. The sugar, caffeine, acid, and calories chip away at your insides little by little until you eventually face more serious conditions. With absolutely no nutritional value, these ingredients make up most of a can of soda which leads one to question; is it even worth it?

The phosphoric acid content found in every soft drink starts deteriorating your health the second you put the can to your lips. With every swig, the acid depreciates your teeth enamel, making your pearly-whites less strong. But that’s another thing; the more you drink soda, the less pearly-white your teeth stay and the more butter-yellow they become.

The acid also makes it difficult for the body to use calcium and hydrochloric acid, which can lead to osteoporosis (the disease that softens bones). When the phosphoric acid interferes with the hydrochloric acid found in your stomach, it interferes with digestion which makes it difficult to utilize healthy nutrients.

More than anything else, soda is packed with sugar. While the ingredient tastes sweet, it’s far from it. The more sugar you intake, the higher your insulin levels become. This can lead to high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and for all of you beauty girls: premature aging and weight gain.

An average 12-ounce can of soda contains 150 calories per serving. To put it into perspective, a can of soda a day would mean 54,750 calories per year. That’s how many calories you’d save if you chose water, unsweetened ice-tea, or pure fruit juice over soft drinks. Shocking, right?

My fellow 20-somethings, we need our caffeine. Even with an average of 8 hours sleeping per night, the days still seem so long with everything we’ve got going on. But it’s time to find a substitute. Too much caffeine can lead to jitters, insomnia, high blood pressure and cholesterol, an irregular heartbeat, vitamin and mineral depletion, and the possibility of some cancers. In females specifically, it can also lead to breast lumps and birth defects.

We are soft-drink manufacturers’ biggest consumers. No more, ladies! Indulge in it’s sweetness every so often but not on a daily basis. We have too much going for us to let it all slip away with one sip too many.



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