Here in the United States, soda is the most consumed beverage just second only to water. An alarming 57 gallons of soda is consumed by a person every year, as if it was a fitness supplement.
While soft-drink industry is spending millions on giving good names to their products, it is important for us as consumers to personally know if the thing we are going to consume, and in a fair quantity posses any health risks.
Below are some of the known ways how soda inflicts harm to your health:
Sugary Drinks (Soda) Don’t Relieve Hunger
Sugary sodas supply large quantities of simple sugar fructose which is way different from glucose in dealing hunger. Fructose is less capable of lowering the hunger hormone ghrelin as compared to glucose that we obtain from starchy foods. Studies have shown that fructose is incapable of stimulating satiety centers in the brain. So, even after drinking a glass of sugary soda, our level of hunger remains as it was before.
Our brain is programmed to retain the daily calorie intake, for example if we eat some quantity of one food we eat less quantity of the other.
In case of sugary drinks this doesn’t happen though. The amount of sugar we take as liquid sugar is just an addition to our daily calorie intake.
Fact: Additional sugar contains no essential nutrients and harms your teeth.
Extra Sugar Is Converted into Fats
Soda is a sugary compound, as soon as we take a sip, our pancreas start to produce insulin_Harmon responsible to carry sugar from the digestive track to blood stream where cells convert it into energy.
A glass of soda is enough to spike the blood sugar level and overloads our liver with sugar, to retain the blood chemistry, our liver converts excess of sugar into fats. This fat accumulates in/around the liver and cause non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases.
So, if we often enjoy soft drinks, we are already on the way to obesity. A Harvard research has shown that each additional consumption of soda increases the risk of obesity by 1.6 times.
Another study has shown that people who drink soda along with their total calorie intake end up consuming 17% more calories than others. This is a huge percentage and is enough to cause obesity within a few years.
Fact: Sugar resists insulin, a step towards metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
Sugar Is Responsible for Belly Fat
Sugar is composed of two molecules, glucose and fructose. Glucose can be metabolized by every cell in our body but fructose is metabolized by one single organ_the liver. Sugary drinks like soda are the top sources of fructose in the modern diet.
As we discussed earlier, fructose is converted into fat by our liver. This fat in addition to liver is also transported to other storage facilities like belly. With time this dangerous fat accumulates around belly and other organs and is called Visceral fat.
Visceral and subcutaneous fatNote: Subcutaneous fat from glucose consumption is not linked to metabolic diseases.
Fact: Our bodies don’t produce fructose in a quantity, there is no physical need for it. Fructose that we consume from fruits never overloads the liver.