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Soda: The Triple Threat

Drinking sodas can lead to tooth decay, tooth discoloration, and weight gain

by Lisa Nelson  |  1335 views  |  1 comment  |        Rate this now! 

My weakness is caffeine-free Diet Coke. For me, soda and popcorn go hand-in-hand. Well, even though I am drinking diet I have to remember I am not sitting pretty. Soda affects tooth decay, tooth discoloration, and for those that do not choose diet, weight gain.

Tooth Decay

Any drink that is carbonated has a low pH level. What,you ask? Let me explain. The process of carbonation adds carbon dioxide and results in the formation of carbonic acid. This acid lowers the pH of a beverage. A pH of 1 is acidic and 7 is neutral. Battery acid has a pH of 1; water has a pH of 7. The pH of Pepsi is 2.49, Coke is 2.63, and Mountain Dew is 3.22. The acid in soda can damage tooth enamel in just 20 minutes. Think about how you usually drink your soda. Do you drink a 12 oz. can in 5 to 10 minutes, or are you sipping on it over a period of an hour or so? You can help combat the effects of carbonic acid by drinking your soda in less than 20 minutes and rinsing your mouth with water afterwards. Saliva also helps neutralize the acid. Don’t forget to protect your children’s teeth! Children are even more susceptible to tooth erosion because their tooth enamel is not fully developed.

Tooth Discoloration

Habitual soda drinkers are adding layers of sugar, which turn to layers of plaque on their teeth. This plaque then absorbs stains from food products. This is how dark colored sodas lead to tooth discoloration. Bye, bye pearly whites!

Weight Gain

A 12-ounce can of regular soda contains about 150 calories. If you drink one can every day, you consume 4,200 calories from soda each month, and 50,400 calories from soda each year. This is equal to an extra 14-1/2 pounds of body weight. Most people do not limit themselves to just 12 ounces a day... one 20-ounce bottle of regular soda daily would be an additional 26 pounds each year.

So, as you kick back and enjoy that acidic, staining, waist expanding can of soda, maybe you should think about splurging on a fancy bottle so you can switch it up and enjoy some refreshing water once in awhile instead!

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1 comment so far...

  • Aside from the concerns you mentioned, you might want to reconsider drinking diet soda, or anything else sweetened with aspartame. The potential side effects of aspartame--which is the sweetener used in diet sodas today-- are far, far worse than the concerns you mentioned.

    According to allsideeffects.net:

    Side effects

    Aspartame is not registered as a drug, so there is no accurate data about what percentage of people experience side effects. However, there are reports that aspartame may cause the following reactions:

    Eyes:

    Visual deterioration and/or blurred vision (blurred images), bright flashes of various stripes in front of the eyes, a sharp narrowing of the visual field (tubular vision), blurred vision at night.
    Pain in one or both eyes
    Reduction or disappearance of formation of tears
    Emergence of problems when using contact lenses, which were not previously experienced
    Bulging of eyeballs.
    Organ of hearing:

    Tinnitus: ringing or rumbling
    Intolerance of extraneous sounds
    Poor hearing
    Nervous system:

    Epileptic seizures
    Headaches of various kinds, migraine
    Dizziness and unsteady gait
    Mental confusion
    Drowsiness
    Paresthesia or numbness of limbs
    Atypical facial pain
    Tremor (trembling) of the limbs and head
    Psyche:

    Depression
    Irritability
    Aggression
    Anxiety
    Insomnia
    Chest:

    Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
    A feeling of shortness of breath
    Increased blood pressure
    Gastrointestinal tract:

    Nausea
    Loose stools
    Abdominal pain
    Pain during swallowing
    Skin:

    Itching without a rash
    Reaction on the lips and oral cavity
    Urticaria, i.e., itchy blisters
    Aggravation of respiratory allergies such as asthma
    Endocrine system:

    Loss of control over blood sugar levels
    Menstrual disorders
    Hair thinning or hair loss
    Loss of body weight
    Increase in body weight
    Fall of blood glucose (hypoglycemia)
    Worsening of premenstrual syndrome
    Others:

    frequent urination and burning pain during urination
    excessive thirst, water retention in the body, swelling of the feet
    increased susceptibility to infections
    In very rare cases, aspartame poisoning leads to the following critical symptoms:

    birth defects, including mental retardation
    peptic ulcer
    addiction to aspartame and uncontrollable sweet cravings
    hyperactivity in children
    severe depression
    aggressive behavior and suicidal tendencies
    There is evidence that in very rare cases, Aspartame can provoke the emergence of the following diseases and conditions:

    Chronic fatigue syndrome
    Polio-like enteroviral state
    Meniere’s Disease
    Alzheimer’s Disease
    Epilepsy
    Multiple sclerosis
    Hypothyroidism
    Temperature sensitivity of dental fillings
    Fibromyalgia
    Systemic lupus erythematosus
    Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
    Lipoma
    Attention deficit disorder
    Intake of aspartame may cause deterioration the state of such diseases as:

    Brain tumor
    Multiple sclerosis
    Chronic hyperthermia syndrome
    Mental retardation
    Parkinson’s disease
    Epilepsy
    Lymphoma
    Diabetes
    Fibromyalgia
    Aspartame is used in the manufacture of more than 5,000 different food products. When taking aspartame tablets as a substitute for sugar, you should listen carefully to your body’s reactions, and in case of any adverse symptoms stop taking aspartame, because all the symptoms regress when the drug is withdrawn.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Taximom5 on 31st October 2012

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