Soda Is Perhaps The Worst Processed Food Of All
The Big Q: What happens when you drink Soda?
Soda is on the list of the worst foods and drinks people can consume. A 20-oz bottle of Soda contains the equivalent of 16 teaspoons of sugar, typically in the form of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
The rise in blood sugar is rapid.
Below is what happens in the human body upon drinking a can of Soda, as follows:
- Within 20 mins, blood sugar spikes, the liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.
- Within 40 mins, caffeine absorption is complete, pupils dilate, blood pressure rises, and the liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.
- Around 45 mins, the body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain, a physically identical response to that of heroin.
- After 60 mins, a Soda drinker starts to have a blood sugar crash, and may be tempted to reach for another sweet snack or beverage.
- The effects do not stop after 1 hour. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming beverages sweetened with low, medium or high amounts of HFCS increased risk factors for heart disease within 2 weeks.
Research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions suggested sugary beverages are to blame for about 183,000 deaths worldwide each year, including 133,000 diabetes deaths, 44,000 heart disease deaths and 6,000 cancer deaths.
Among the 35 largest countries in the world, Mexico had the highest death rates associated with sugary beverage consumption. There, the average consumption of sugary beverages was 24 oz per day. The US ranked 3rd with an estimated 25,000 annual deaths from sweetened drinks.
63% of Americans said they actively try to avoid Soda in their diet, according to a Y 2014 Gallup poll. This is a significant increase from Y 2002, when only 41% were trying to avoid Soda, and a clear sign that, as Time reported, “The Soda craze is going flat.”
As Americans cut back on Soda many turn to fruit juice as a healthier alternative, it is not. Fruit juice can easily contain just a much sugar as Soda, with similar impacts on your health.
If you are going to drink fruit juices, buy Organic and juice it at home.
The best, most cost-effective choice of beverage is filtered tap water.
And use a high-quality water filtration system unless you can verify the purity of the water.
Seltzer or mineral water is another option. Adding a squeeze of lemon or lime is one way to add some flavor and variety, and many Soda drinkers find it easier to drop Soda when replacing it with sparkling water.
Unsweetened Organic Tea and Coffee also is healthy beverage choices.
In order to break free of a Soda habit, 1st be sure you address the emotional element of your food cravings.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) often works to help on overcome food cravings and reach dietary success.
If you have eliminated Soda from your diet entirely be proud.
Sales of carbonated soft drinks have dropped for the 11th consecutive year in the US.
The message is spreading that Soda is a health disaster, and increasing numbers of people are foregoing it in favor of good health.
Another example that we are winning the war against the junk food and the sugar beverage industries.
Note: Carbonated soft drink sales declined by 1.2% in Y 2015, as measured by total volume, which is a greater decline than the 0.9% drop in Y 2014.
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