Phosphoric acid, added to give soft drinks a “bite”, actually pulls calcium out of the bones, increasing the risk of osteoporosis. Also, diet sodas are very high in sodium. Too much salt in the diet may cause more calcium to be excreted in the urine, further increasing the risk of osteoporosis. Frequent consumption of soft drinks may also increase the risk of osteoarthritis. It’s truly amazing the harmful effects soft drinks can have on our bodies. With all of this information “out there”, it’s surprising that so many people continue to consume them, in record amounts.
Caffeine, an addictive stimulant found in around 70 percent of soft drinks and in particularly large amounts in diet sodas, stimulates the adrenal gland without providing the nourishment it needs. Caffeine in large amounts can even lead to adrenal exhaustion, especially in children. It also upsets the normal balance of neuro chemistry in the developing brains of children.
Caffeine is a mild diuretic, which means it causes your body to lose water. It can also cause hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating and sleeplessness. Tests at John Hopkins University School of Medicine showed that women consuming at least one cup of a caffeine-containing beverage per day, such as coffee, tea or soft drinks, were more prone to PMS. Plus, the more caffeine they consumed, the more severe their PMS symptoms. Source: Food: Your Miracle Medicine: How Food Can Prevent and Cure over 100 Symptoms and Problems by Jean Carper. (To be continued)
Diet sodas contain Aspartame, commonly known as NutraSweet, Equal, or Spoonful. Aspartame is a potent neurotoxin and endocrine disrupter containing methyl or wood alcohol, which can affect fetal brain development. It has been the giant among artificial sweeteners for the twenty years it has been around. The common denominator for over 92 different health symptoms at the root of modern disease, Aspartame’s ugly and debilitating side effects include headaches, memory loss, slurred speech, convulsions and vision problems, just to name a few. Remember, the phosphoric or citric acid contained in diet sodas causes decalcification of enamel and white scars on the teeth. For more information, pick up a copy of the book “Sweet Poison”, by Dr. Janet Starr Hull, or visit www.sweetpoison.com. (To be continued)
Doctors are seeing more and more cases of Type II Diabetes (previously called “Adult-Onset Diabetes”) which is a self-induced condition caused by a long history of heavily consuming processed and refined sugars. Obesity rates have risen in tandem with soda (soft drinks) consumption, and these days many children are affected by Type 2 Diabetes.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases among children in the U.S. In the last two decades, Type 2 diabetes has been reported among U.S. children and adolescents with increasing frequency. Type 2 diabetes begins when the body develops a resistance to insulin and no long uses the insulin properly. As the need for insulin rises, the pancreas gradually loses its ability to produce sufficient amounts of insulin to regulate blood sugar. For more information, visit www.searchfordiabetes.org/public/dsphome.cfm. (To be continued)
Sugar, Obesity and High Fructose Syrup (HFCS)
All of our patients have been informed of the deleterious effects of soft drinks (regular and diet) on their teeth, especially those who are wearing orthodontic appliances. The harmful effects of the acids and/or sugar in these drinks cause white scars to form from the decalcification of enamel. It’s also important to note that sodas are harmful systemically. Please continue reading.
Soft drinks contain no nutrients, are high in calories, and loaded with sugar, mostly in the form of high-fructose corn syrup. The average 12-ounce can of regular soda contains a whopping 10 teaspoons of sugar! Multiply that by how many some people actually drink in a day, and you’re looking at long-term weight gain, obesity and other health issues. As people get older, excess weight contributes to heart attacks, strokes and cancer. Several scientific studies have shown that soft drinks are directly related to weight gain. That weight gain, in turn, is a prime risk factor for Type II diabetes, which, for the first time is becoming a problem for teens as well as adults.
Soda pop provides the average 12 to 19 year old with about 10-15 teaspoons of refined sugars per day, an amount roughly equal to the governments recommended limits for teens’ sugar consumption from all foods. Because soda also suppresses the appetite, soda drinkers are less likely to get the recommended levels of Vitamin A, calcium and magnesium. In addition, phosphorus, a common ingredient in sodas, can deplete bones of calcium, making soda drinkers (especially girls) more prone to broken bones. For more on why kids should avoid soda, read the “Soda Pop” article by author and child health advocate Jane Sheppard at the Holistic Pediatric Assoc. online www.hpakids.org. (To be continued)