Get Your Hand Off That Can: Reasons Why You Need To Stop Drinking Soda Right Now!

Hamful effect of soda
source: Food Revolution Network

Sometimes leaving a harmful product becomes the most difficult thing in the world. And the reasons circles somewhere around, addiction, immense love, and unchangeable routine. But in today’s health and fitness blog, we felt the pressure to discuss some of the reasons that might lead you to keep hands from your addiction. And no, it’s not about smoking.

Just like a toxic relationship, the connection between an individual and soda (yeah soda, I made it sound too dramatic) is somewhat similar. Where soda acts as the toxic partner, while the consumer behaves like the ‘aware yet unable to let go’ kind of the second partner. However in human relations,  no matter how toxic a relationship goes, in the end, they struggle to jump out for his/her benefit.

So if you’re the ‘unable to let go’ person when it comes to soda addiction then some of the most harmful side-effects of soda that are listed below will force you to keep your hands off that can.

First, let’s address the misconception!

  • Diet Soda Isn’t Harmful

Most of the arguments that start on how harmful soda is for the human body ends up with “I drink diet soda,” and most of the time my reaction is “so what?” until I realize it’s a  common misconception and my fellow debater isn’t at fault. Well, I love busting the satisfaction bubble of people. So here you go:

Diet soda is equally harmful to any regular soda!

*wohhssh* said it!

  1. Diet Soda Doesn’t Contain Sugar:

Another misconception that is prevailing among people nowadays is that diet soda does not contain sugar. Me being the bubble-burster would love to prove you wrong one more time.

Diet is made out of artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, cyclamates, saccharin, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium. Artificial sweeteners said to contain no more calories but are at least 300 times as sweet as sugar. As a result, most people are deceived by the thought that products labeled as zero-calorie retain their sweetness without causing weight gain or diabetes.

“Diet” sodas and zero-calorie drinks are marketed as “healthier” alternatives to regular soda. And this statement is nothing but a way to fool innocent customers and fitness workout freaks.

This burst another misconception that diet soda is okay for diabetes patients.

Stating The Alarming Reasons About Why You Need To Stop Drinking Soda Right Now:

I know the above-mentioned misconception-busters would never be enough reasons for a soda lover to leave his toxic love. So here are medically proven reasons about how soda damages a human body beyond repair.

  • Diet soda may increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes:

Now that we know that diet soda isn’t ‘healthy soda’ it’s time to digest this truth as well.

Instead of being good for diabetic patients, diet soda can increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Research has shown that although artificial sweeteners do not contain more sugar, which is the main cause of blood sugar imbalances, they may increase your blood sugar levels. They do this by interrupting the balance of probiotics in your gut. Good gut bacteria contribute in blood sugar levels, and reducing them may raise the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

  • Diet soda leads to metabolic syndrome :

Diet soda has been found to increase the risk of metabolic disorders, such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases like hyperglycemia, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. A study which mainly focused on the effects of diet soda consumption found that people who drank diet soda every day for two years had a 36 percent increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome compared to those who did not consume diet sodas. In addition, they had a 67 percent increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

  • Diet soda makes you crave for sugar more :

Well hello, healthy diet plan obsessed millennials we have got bad news for you.

The artificial sweeteners in diet sodas may cause sugar cravings by activating the sweet taste receptors and the hormones in the gastrointestinal tract that regulate hunger and satiety signals.

  • Diet soda can alter or disturb  your eating habits :

Diet soda may cause changes in eating behaviors and that is because of the altered reward processing of the sweet taste as perceived by the brain.

This is how it happens:

When you drink diet sodas, the neurotransmitters involved in the reward response are stimulated. The activation of the neurotransmitters dopamine and endogenous opioids cause a person to crave more sweet food.

  • Diet soda may increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases:

Diet soda can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease even when the metabolic syndrome is not present. In a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, it was found that those who drank diet soda every day for 10 years or more were more likely to develop cardiac disease and hypertension.

I don’t think we have to mention the most obvious outcome of sodas, that is, weight gain and obesity.  

So these were medically proven harmful factors associated with soda consumption and we hope that our health blog will somehow motivate you to leave this harmful product for the sake of your health.

By Maira Feroz

A journalism student who's studying the native form of journalism but is performing it in the digital way.