4 Reasons to Avoid All Soda (Even Diet)

That innocent-looking can of soda—no matter what it's sweetened with—may be taking a toll on your immunity.

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That innocent-looking can of soda pop-no matter what it’s sweetened with-may be taking a toll on your immunity. Here’s why:

1. People who drink sodas instead of healthy beverages (think low-fat milk and pure fruit juice) are less likely to get adequate vitamin A, calcium, and magnesium. What’s more, soda contains phosphoric acid that depletes calcium and magnesium. These two nutrients help keep your immunity operating at peak efficiency.

2. Sodas containing high-fructose corn syrup also contain high levels of free radicals linked to tissue damage, the development of diabetes, and diabetic complications.

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3. Plastic soda (and water) bottles contain a toxic chemical called bisphenol A (BPA) that can leach from bottles into soda…into you. Emerging evidence links BPA to a myriad of maladies, including immune system depression. Public health experts recommend that we protect children from exposure to products containing BPA-especially those they consume or use every day.

4. Diet soda actually contributes to weight gain. A study of 1,550 people concluded that people who drink diet soda have a 41 percent increased risk of being overweight or obese-for every can or bottle they drink per day! Turns out, any sweet taste signals body cells to store fat and carbohydrates, which makes you hungrier. Sweet tastes also promote insulin release, which blocks your body’s ability to burn fat. The hard truth: No published study has ever proven that drinking diet soda will help you lose weight.

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  • Your Comments

    • ron williamson

      The bacterial balance in the colon is critical to thwarting obesity and diabetes. Artificial sweeteners upset that balance. Also, High Fructose Corn Syrup should be outlawed for human consumption. It’s inclusion as an inexpensive sugar substitute in nearly every processed food is the greatest threat to public health in our lifetime.

    • drunkenpastor

      Another article from the formula school of how to get published. Make something up.

    • Homer987

      What a bunch of crap. Everything in moderation…even the notoriously strict European Food Safety Organization has declared aspartame to be safe. I drink diet soda all the time, I also go to the gym at least five times per week and run triathlons, I am 58 years old and at a healthy weight. Nobody’s making you fat except you. Get off your butt, away from the TV or the computer and move. Get your kids away from their electronics and make them move too. Make a few good choices and and you’ll be able to afford a few sodas.

      • drunkenpastor

        Give that man a harumph!

    • Greigo

      What about bottles with a 15C on the bottom ?

    • David

      I rather have V8 instead of sodas

    • Sergio Luiz Weydt

      Please, tell me where to find those SCIENTIFIC evidences… I’ll then believe in all you state here. Otherwise, everything you say is just another opinion.

    • t bell

      ITS ALL TRAY VONN FALT,,,