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Soft drinks are hard on your health

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Soft drinks contain little to no vitamins or other essential nutrients. However, it is what they do contain that is the problem: caffeine, carbonation, simple sugars � or worse, sugar substitutes � and often food additives such as artificial coloring, flavoring, and preservatives.

A lot of research has found that consumption of soft drinks in high quantity, especially by children, is responsible for many health problems that include tooth decay, nutritional depletion, obesity, type-2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Why the sugar in soft drinks isn't so sweet
Most soft drinks contain a high amount of simple sugars. The USDA recommendation of sugar consumption for a 2,000-calorie diet is a daily allotment of 10 teaspoons of added sugars. Many soft drinks contain more than this amount!

Just why is too much sugar so unhealthy? Well, to start, let's talk about what happens to you as sugar enters your body. When you drink sodas that are packed with simple sugars, the pancreas is called upon to produce and release insulin, a hormone that empties the sugar in your blood stream into all the tissues and cells for usage. The result of overindulging in simple sugar is raised insulin levels. Raised blood insulin levels beyond the norm can lead to depression of the immune system, which in turn weakens your ability to fight disease.

Something else to consider is that most of the excess sugar ends up being stored as fat in your body, which results in weight gain and elevates risk for heart disease and cancer. One study found that when subjects were given refined sugar, their white blood cell count decreased significantly for several hours afterwards. Another study discovered that rats fed a high-sugar diet had a substantially elevated rate of breast cancer when compared to rats on a regular diet.

*****But I love my Coca Cola********

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Comments

1.
stephiComment by stephi - November 3, 2009, 12:16 pm
I love my pepsi and won't give it up for anything and anyone. I know that it is dangerous and I am proud of it too. Anyways I have the natural remedies hookup, whenever i got an ache or some calamady, I just go to earth clinic dot com and find just the remedy for me. Oil pulling with coconut oil got rid of my tooth sensitivity and sinus pressure in the teeth. Been doing that for just a week now.
2.
angelmComment by angelm - November 3, 2009, 1:26 pm
checked out earth clinic-pretty cool!!
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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - November 3, 2009, 1:52 pm
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