I was just as guilty as the next person about being a soda drinker. Back in the days when I was over weight, I drank about 5 sodas a day… easy. But as soon as I got pregnant with my youngest daughter, Mia, my doctor quickly informed me why I should stay away of such soft drinks.
Soda will Make you Gain Weight
Soda has always been known to increase a persons waistline, yet, many Americans drink soda, both regular and diet, on a daily basis. Drinking soda has lead many people straight towards obesity, the reason for this is quite simple:
- It’s filled with calories, calories that give us no additional nutrients.
- It’s loaded with sugar, our bodies quickly turn processed sugars, such as the ones in soda, into fat.
- It’s packed with carbohydrates, which are hard to digest and get stored as fat.
One study found that people who drink soda were likely to consume an additional 350 calories a day. These are not just calories from the soda, they are also calories consumed after drinking soda.
Let me explain.
Soda is not a filling beverage, the sweet taste actually urges people to drink more of it than what they would water. In essence, because you never quite feel full after drinking the soda, you tend to eat/drink more calories throughout the day. Being as though soda is a liquid, it gets consumed much faster than unhealthy foods do. Often, before you know it, you’ve just chugged the cans of soda and you are still unsatisfied.
High Blood Pressure
Any sugary drinks are high blood pressure risk, but because soda is so rich in sugar, you need to be especially careful. High blood pressure can lead to cardiovascular disease and possible strokes. “Reducing added sugars will reduce cardiovascular disease risk,” says Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., R.D., chair of the American Heart Association (AHA) writing group for the AHA scientific statement on sugars and cardiovascular disease.
While we’re on the subject, here are processed sugars you need to look out for to keep your blood pressure stable:
- High-fructose corn syrup
- Malt sugar
- Corn sweetener or syrup
- Invert sugar
- Fruit juice concentrates
- Other forms of syrup and sugar molecules (dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose)