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Old 11-05-2008, 08:59 PM
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Trying to lose weight, save money, or help the environment? Not drinking soda can help with all of these goals and more.

1. It packs on the pounds. According to a 2005 study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center, drinking one to two cans of soda a day increases a personís risk of being overweight or obese by 32.8 percent. And if you think diet soda is a better option, think again: The researchers found that those who drank one to two cans of diet soda per day were at an even higher risk (54.5 percent) of being overweight or obese.
2. It puts you at risk for diabetes and heart disease. A 2007 study published in the American Heart Associationís journal Circulation found that people who drink soda every day, whether regular or diet, were 44 percent more likely to develop metabolic syndromeóa condition that greatly increases your risk for heart disease and diabetes.
3. Itís bad for the environment. Believe it or not, many people still donít recycle their bottles and cans. In fact, itís estimated that some 50 billion aluminum cans and plastic bottles from soft drinks get thrown into landfills every year. Even if you recycle, the containers are still energy-intensive to mine, produce, and recycle.
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Cut out the soda to improve your smile, strengthen your bones, and more.

4. Youíll still feel thirsty. When it comes to quenching your thirst, water is the gold standard, but herbal tea and fruit juice are also good options. Soda, on the other hand, is likely to make you thirstier because caffeine is a diuretic and sugar interferes with the bodyís absorption of fluids.
5. It may cause digestion difficulties. Sodaís effects on digestion are a source of ongoing debate, but some experts believe the phosphoric acid these beverages contain may disturb the acid-alkaline balance of the stomach. As a result, they believe, soda drinkers may develop digestional distress, acid reflux, stomach inflammation, and intestinal erosion.
6. Itís addictive. A 2000 study published in the Archives of Family Medicine revealed that soft-drink manufacturers add caffeine to soda for one reason only: to get consumers hooked. Although this type of addiction may seem benign, experts are quick to point out that caffeine is a stimulant, and once youíre addicted, going cold turkey can create withdrawal symptoms, including fatigue, depression, irritability, tremors, sleep deprivation, and headaches.
7. It doesnít contain any nutrients. A 20-ounce bottle of cola contains nearly 250 calories, but take a look at the label, and youíll see that it has virtually no vitamins or minerals. In fact, the only things soda is packed with are sugar and caffeineótwo ingredients for which the FDA has no recommended daily allowance.
8. Itís harmful to your teeth and bones. According to a recent Tufts University study, women who drank three 12-ounce colas a day had 5 percent less bone density than women who drink less than a serving a day. As the researchers explained, the phosphoric acid in cola prevents calcium from being absorbed by the body. Not surprisingly, soda is also damaging for teeth: A 2006 study, published in General Dentistry, reported that the citric and/or phosphoric acid in soft drinks can be harmful and corrosive to a healthy smile.
9. It might increase your risk of cancer. Although still controversial, some scientists believe that soda can increase your cancer risk. A 2006 study from Swedenís Karolinska Institutet supports the theory: Study subjects who drank high quantities of fizzy or syrup-based soft drinks twice a day or more ran a 90 percent higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer than those who never drank them.
10. Itís expensive. Compared to fruit juice or milk, soft drinks may seem cheap, but when you consider the lack of nutritional value, soda seems like a rip-off. And keep in mind that the costs of soda can quickly add up. The average 12-ounce can of soda costs about $1 from the vending machine, so if you drank two a day for a year, youíd spend a whopping $730 on pop every year
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Old 11-05-2008, 10:08 PM
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This is all true. In our home, soda does not exist. We go for fruit juice and water.
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:06 PM
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So true. What a great post. I hate when I hear people saying, I buy soda for their kids/themselves because it's cheap. Just because it's cheap on the store shelves doesn't mean it's cheap in the long run. Medical expenses, dental bills, environmental costs.
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