10 Reasons to Keep Your Kids Off Soda

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  1. Soda is addictive

The addictive properties of soda come from a number of its ingredients–first, the caffeine. Caffeine causes children to be addicted to soda, and some might be more susceptible to caffeine’s effects due to their smaller body weight.

Plus, sugar also leads to an addiction complete with cravings and withdrawals. Diet soda is not the solution either as it contains artificial sweeteners that can trick the brain into wanting more.

  1. Soda has no nutritional value

Although this may seem obvious, soda is not providing much needed nutrition to our bodies. It does, however, provide empty calories and can suppress the appetite. Consuming soda may cause children to eat less of the foods they need to fuel their bodies. Those who drink soda regularly are also more likely to get less than the recommended amount of vitamin A, calcium, and magnesium, an important mineral to overall health.

 

  1. Soda is harming children’s brains

When a kid drinks soda, they are consuming chemicals that can alter their brain. MSG can be presence in the citric acid of soda, as well as in the artificial flavors. This excitotoxin has been shown to damage the neurons in the brain of mice. In addition, high levels of excitotoxins have been linked to brain tumours, diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, brain damage, learning disorders and behavioral problems.

Aspartame, found in diet soda, is causing the same effect. Long-term consumption of aspartame leads to an imbalance in the brain. Aspartame’s methanol content is also concerning for brain health, as it converts to formaldehyde, a known neurotoxin.

 

  1. Soda is weakening kids’ bones

Drinking soda can actually deplete bones of much needed calcium. Phosphorus, a common ingredient in soda, leads to bone loss when in disproportionate levels to calcium. Caffeine is also a culprit here, as it is known to interfere with the absorption of calcium and bone density.

 

  1. Soda is causing bad behavior

The possible reasons for behavior issues from children who drink soda are many. It could be from the caffeine, sugar, artificial colors, or blood sugar spikes and drops. According to a survey of more than 3000 mothers, children who drank soda were more aggressive, withdrawn, and had trouble paying attention.

 

  1. Soda is destroying kids’ teeth

Sugar isn’t good for teeth, and neither are the acids within soda. Both the citric acid and phosphorus can wear away tooth enamel and lead to decay.

  1. Soda is contributing to childhood diabetes

Mice fed artificial sweeteners, like aspartame found in diet sodas, developed glucose intolerance, which can be an early sign of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. What’s more frightening, is simply drinking soda in moderation may not reduce the risk. As little as one single 12 ounce can of soda a day can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 22%.

 

  1. Kids who like the sweetness of soda are more likely to be overweight

A two year study of 3-5 year olds determined that the consumption of sugary beverages significantly increased the likelihood of childhood obesity. In addition, children who developed a preference for fatty or sweet foods were more inclined to be overweight. Even choosing diet soda to avoid sugar won’t prevent this, because aspartame increases sugar cravings by telling the brain to consume more.

  1. Soda can lead to heart disease

When we are talking about children, heart disease rarely comes up in the conversation. However, with the news that just one soda a day can increase the risk of a cardiovascular event by 61%, it’s a conversation worth having. That same amount of soda is also linked to a 19% increase in heart disease. Considering the risk of a soda dependence, children who begin drinking soda are more likely to consume it regularly. Over the span of their lifetime they will consume far more soda than someone who began drinking it in adulthood, increasing their risks.

10. Soda can inhibit digestion

Soda and caffeine are diuretics and can lead to dehydration, especially if soda is replacing water. Sugar and caffeine can increase the level of acids in the stomach leading to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Carbonation is also a common IBS trigger, as it results in more gas.

 

Watch this space for our next article on what can you do, if your kids are already addicted to soda. Stay tuned!

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The Weird Way Soda Messes Your DNA

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We all know that sugary soda is a major contributor to obesity– a typical 20-ounce drink can have up to 18 teaspoons of sugar and more than 240 calories. What we didn’t know is that regular soda consumption might also destroy your DNA.

The study, undertaken by researchers at the University of California San Francisco and recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, examined 5,309 US adults aged between 20 and 65. The team looked closely at telomeres, which are the protective DNA caps on the end of chromosomes in cells that protect your genetic data, and discovered a link between the ingestion of sugary soda and the shortening of telomeres in white blood cells.

 

Short telomeres limits cell regeneration and have been linked to a range of chronic infirmities such as heart disease, diabetes, and various types of cancer.

In fact, by analyzing single samples of the participants’ telomeres, the researchers estimated that drinking a 20-ounce (oz.) soda every day would translate to an extra 4.6 years of aging. That’s similar to the effects caused by smoking. The finding was consistent regardless of age, race, income or education level.

How’d they get there? It might be because sugary sodas cause a rapid influx of liquid calories into your blood stream, which can raise your insulin levels. This spike can increase oxidative stress, insulin resistance, and inflammation—all things known to influence telomere shortening, says study author Cindy Leung, Sc.D.

But when the researchers lumped all sugar-sweetened drinks together—sodas and noncarbonated beverages like fruit drinks or energy drinks—they didn’t find any significant association with shortened telomeres. It’s only when they teased out the fizzy stuff that the link emerged.

However, the previous studies have shown no difference in how your body responds to sodas and non-bubbly beverages, says Leung. The researchers think that the sugar consumption might only affect your telomeres once it reaches a certain level. Back when the study data was collected 15 years ago, people only consumed an average of 4 oz. of noncarbonated sugary drinks a day, compared to 12 oz. for sugary soda.

“We think if we were to repeat the study again now, we would find a similar association with non-carbonated sugary beverages,” says Leung.

 

So what should you do if you are addicted to drinking sugary soda?

Invest in a SodaXpress machine!! Not only can you enjoy your favorite drinks, it is healthier and cheaper in long term. SodaXpress allows you to control and regulate your sugar intake according to your preference. Plus, the water carbonated with SodaXpress does not contain any chemical preservatives that might cause you harm, it is just plain water with added CO2.

With a simple 3-step; click the bottle, press to fizz and release the pressure. You can enjoy carbonated drinks anywhere, anytime.

 

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http://www.menshealth.com/health/how-soda-can-age-you?cid=soc_Men%27s%20Health%20-%20MensHealth_FBPAGE_Men%27s%20Health__

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/20/daily_soda_consumption_seriously_messes_up_your_dna/

https://news.vice.com/article/soft-drinks-might-be-rotting-your-dna

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