Soda is one of the most popular soft drinks of our time. Unfortunately, along with the increased popularity comes a number of increased health risks. Most sodas contain very large quantities of sugar. This sugar often comes in some refined form, like high-fructose corn syrup, which is even more dangerous than regular sugar and is known to contain mercury.
Diet sodas often contain aspartame or some other form of artificial sweetener, which is no better and often does more damage to the individual. Consuming large quantities of these beverages on a regular basis — as many do — easily is responsible for a number of health issues today.
Drinking large amounts of sugar as opposed to health-promoting pure water will prove to have effects on your physical and mental health. With a lack of proper nutritional intake, it’s impossible to function properly. Recent studies suggest that soda consumption has an effect on mental health, making teenagers exhibit violent behavior.
Recently a new study has shown that drinking diet soda results in compromised vascular health, contributing to stroke, heart attacks and vascular death. The research showed that people who drank diet sodas daily were more likely to suffer a vascular event.
There is already a large amount of evidence mounting to suggest that these and other products that use artificial sweeteners have serious effects on our health, contributing to obesity, diabetes, mental health problems, and heart disease.
Aspartame has been linked to neurological issues, as well as brain tumors. Many of these artificial sweeteners feature prominently in a number of products besides popular soft drinks. Aspartame for example is used in nearly every brand of chewing gum today and a number of processed foods.
The dangerous effects these artificial sweeteners should be properly addressed, along with the fact that the average diet is often lacking in proper nutritional intake. Attending to both of these concerns is a proper step in achieving more optimal health.
February 3, 2012