I certainly believe if you start a habit early on in childhood, it will stick with you and make it even harder to stop. As a child, we only drank soda on special occasions. Today, I drink no carbonated beverage. I never gave my own daughter soda and to this day, she does not drink it. She does drink a lot of water and in her second year of college, probably drinks too much ice tea. When she began drinking from a sippy cup I had to start watering down her juice when her teeth started to stain from her consumption of apple juice. Organic or not, it stained her teeth. When given the option of ice tea or soda, I guess I’d prefer the ice tea. It’s all about moderation. You hear that all the time.
The website, publichealthadvocacy.org, states this….”Scientific evidence consistently supports the conclusion that drinking soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages increases a person’s risk of being overweight or obese. As a result, reducing the amount of sugar-sweetened beverages people drink is an important strategy to reverse the obesity epidemic in California and across the country.” The United States is the largest soda consumer, drinking 13.15 billion gallons of carbonated drinks every year. Drinking carbonated beverages, adolescents not only face obesity, but also are at risk for bone fractures higher than those who don’t, reduced bone mass and decreased calcium levels in the blood. The sugar and the acid in these drinks will also dissolve tooth enamel.
Soda, especially colas, contain caffeine and phosphoric acid. This has a direct effect on bone mineral density. Bone mineral density is reduced in osteoporosis. What causes osteoporosis? A reduction in the protein and mineral matrix of the bone. This will cause an increase in the risk of fracture and can be easily prevented with diet and lifestyle changes. There have been many studies of school age children (girls especially), that have concluded soda drinking was associated with decreased levels of blood calcium and increased urinary calcium, which could cause osteoporosis later in life. These studies have also found high bone fractures in cola consuming high school girls.
Soda consumption by children and adults is one of the most harmful habits we have. Soda is filled with empty calories. Diet soda is not any better. It is filled with artificial sweeteners which are more dangerous and can also lead to weight gain. As a parent, you are role models for your kids, for their eating habits and their social skills. According to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), out of over 100 soft drinks and beverages analyzed by the government, five contained levels of benzene. Benzene is a cancer-causing chemical linked to leukemia.
Researchers from UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy “discovered a strong correlation between soda consumption and weight. Based upon data from more than 40,000 interviews conducted……researchers found that adults who drink a soda or more per day are 27 percent more likely to be overweight than those who do not drink sodas…” As our physical activity remained the same, our intake of calories increased. More than 43 percent of the new calories were from soda consumption. Children are at a more alarming risk of obesity and diabetes with their soda consumption. Soda is inexpensive, easy to obtain and children and teens are targeted in advertising. One soda a day is too much for your child. This drink is filling our kid’s bodies with empty calories and “filling” them up so there is no room for healthy food.
Type 2 diabetes has also increased during the last 20 years. Besides increasing obesity in children, the increase in obesity in adults, may also increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This risk is greater in women. Sugar-sweetened beverages provide excessive calories and large amounts of absorbable sugars. Soda is empty calories.
Water will quench your thirst much better than soda. Water will remove toxins from the body and will aid in digestion and curb your appetite. Eat fruits and high water content veggies and dilute your fruit drinks. Begin a juicing routine.