I recently read a study about how diet soda when mixed with alcohol will actually get you drunker than regular soda and alcohol. You can read the article here.
There are several reasons why all soda should be avoided and the most important one is usually overlooked.
To back up for a moment, when i refer to soda i’m talking about your Coca-Colas, Pepsis, Mountain Dews, etc… I’m not talking about mineral water or soda water for the moment.
Here are the obvious reasons why regular soda in general is bad:
- High in sugar
- No nutritional value
- Highly acidic and rots teeth
- High in calorie
From this list the main focus is sugar, so most people resort to grabbing a diet soda to quench their thirst and avoid the sugar. Still there is a HUGE concern when drinking diet soda and one that is not addressed in most articles that cast stones against regular soda.
For example, i was reading another article from CNN Health talking about how regular soda can cause strokes for those who drink the beverage regularly.
There is no doubt that soda should be avoided but what is the one glaringly obvious reason to avoid all sodas?
Phosphoric acid leeches calcium from your bones when you have too much phosphoric acid…and yes drinking that soda (be it diet or not) is giving you way too much phosphoric acid.
What does that mean, leeching calcium? Think of a building. All buildings have a foundation. Now image that building being a skyscraper and that the foundation is starting to rot away; the foundation is starting to weaken, it’s crumbling little by little.
What is going to happen to that building? IT’S GOING TO COLLAPSE! This is what is going on in your body by having the calcium being leeched out: your bones, which are your body’s foundation is being weakened. Next time you stub your toe you could chip a bone. Maybe when you trip and fall you’ll end up breaking a wrist.
Most people think it is just a sign of getting older, but it could be because your accelerating your calcium depletion and thus weakening all your bones.
Anytime you see phosphoric acid on the ingredients: do not consume. You can easily avoid it as well, drink juices and waters.
If you are progressing from drinking soda regularly to stopping drinking soda, then make sure to continue to progress beyond staying in the “drinking diet soda is healthy” and use diet soda as a crunch until you can progress away and just have fizzy water or regular water.
You can even jazz up your water by getting something as cool as this!
Also try adding minerals into your water to give it more flavor so you don’t feel the need to reach for that flavorful soda. I add Trace Minerals into my water because majority of us are low in magnesium and that is mainly what this product gives you. It gives the water sort of a weird taste but once you get used to it you will actually crave it. Happened to me.
Want to learn even more?
- Livestrong: Ingredients in Diet Soda
- Men’s Health: Science vs. Soda: What’s Really in Your Diet Coke?
- Fooducate: 11 Quick Facts about Phosphoric Acid (Yes, that Chemical in Coca Cola)
- Leif Grunseth: Food Additives, Hyperactivity & Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Dr. Mark Hyman: How Diet Soda Makes You Fat (and Other Food and Diet Industry Secrets)