Yet another study has come out demonstrating the negative health effects of drinking soda. Drinking a soda a day increases coronary heart disease by a whopping 20%. That’s just one measly soda a day!
Kids are drawn to sugar, as many parents know. Their growing bodies secrete hormones that cause cravings for carbohydrates and that can lead to kids eating frosted flakes with sugar on top. Soda is super sweet, with 35-40 grams of sugar in one can. Give a kid with a penchant for sugar a soda and it’s a happy match, unless of course you look at the adverse health effects tied to soda consumption.
In addition to the recent study mentioned above, drinking soda has been associated with several negative health effects. Examples include:
- An increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes- soda consumption increases the development of inflammation and obesity, which are also increased in type 2 diabetes.
- An increased risk of developing osteoporosis- soda leaches out calcium because it ha high levels of phosphorous, which effectively dissolves bone.
- Increased bone fractures- again this is due to losing calcium. Soda consumers are 3-4 times more likely to break a bone.
- Dissolved tooth enamel, increased periodontal disease and gingivitis. This is again part of the high phosphorus content of soda
- Increased obesity- for each soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times
- Increased risk of allergies, like eczema and asthma- This is due to reactivity to the preservative sodium benzoate.
- Decreased effectiveness of the antibiotics penicillin and ampicillan.
So if your kiddos are soda consumers, it’s probably time to stop that habit. Here are some healthy alternatives help.
- Coolers: Make a little concoction of a couple of types of juice
- Sparklers: Mix equal portions 100% fruit juice with sparkling water.
- Fruit and veggie cubes: Flavor ice water with slices of your kids favorite fruits and veggies. Cucumber strawberry is a nice mix.
- Vegetable juice: Vegetable juice has less sugar than fruit juice, and is a great way to get a vitamin boost.
- Home made lemonade: if you make it yourself you can reduce the sugar and use an unprocessed variety.