I have a talent
for hitting the grocery store when it's mobbed and the
lines are a mile long, and yesterday was no exception.
So as I waited in
line to pay for my groceries, I began doing one of my favorite
Looking in other
people's carts as they walked by.
Most times when I
do this, what I see isn't pretty--there are a LOT of people out
there whose 4 food groups are Kraft, Frito-Lay, Campbell's and
But yesterday was
single cart I saw had soda in it.
EVERY SINGLE ONE.
And I'm not
talking just one bottle! Most carts had several 2-liter bottles,
6-packs or even one or more cases.
"cart-snooping" was my inspiration for today's email...
Before I tell you
the best kind of soda to drink, let's take a look at some facts
about all soda in general, as well as some specific things about
both diet and regular soda.
The acid war
Any kind of soda
-- whether diet or regular -- is extremely acidic.
The typical pH of
soda is between 2.5 and 3.0--nearly the same as the pH of the
acid in your stomach!
In fact, soda is
SO acidic to your body that it takes 32 cups of water to
neutralize the acid in just ONE 12 oz. can of soda.
Having to deal
with that much acid puts a tremendous strain on your kidneys,
which are responsible for filtering acid out of your bloodstream
and putting it into your urine.
Your body also
uses its own alkaline minerals (which includes calcium from your
bones and magnesium from your muscles) to neutralize the acid.
Contrary to what
most people believe, there is NOT an endless mine of minerals in
your body. Sooner or later, you end up taking more than you're
replacing...and things begin breaking down.
When this happens,
it's called arthritis, osteoporosis, tooth decay, brittle,
porous bones that fracture easily and weak muscles.
don't see images like THAT on the Pepsi, Coke or Mountain Dew
Acid also hampers
your stomach's ability to break down your food, so soda is, in
all respects, the absolute WORST drink on the planet to have
with a meal.
So not only will
soda encourage acid reflux, but it can also lead to bloating,
gas and constipation.
American now consumes about 45 gallons of soda a year--that's
well over a can a day and 39 pounds of sugar packing on your
backside each year!
Even scarier is
that millions of people drink FAR more than the average--teenage
boys lead the pack with at least 2-3 sodas a day.
Is it really THAT bad?
Now you may be
thinking, "Is it really THAT bad? After all, what's the harm
in drinking just one soda?"
Take a look at this and you tell me...
A European study
recently published in the journal Diabetologia concluded that
drinking just ONE 12 oz. regular soda a day can increase your
risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by up to 22%.
And other studies
conducted in North America showed even more grim results--daily
sugar-sweetened soda consumption was associated with a 25%
increased risk of diabetes!
Of course this
goes above and beyond the obvious--that all that extra sugar
consumption is one of the major reasons that currently 1 out of
3 Americans is obese.
But what about DIET soda?
While diet soda
does admittedly have few or zero calories, that's no cause for
An 8-year University of Texas study showed that soda use was linked to
excess weight and obesity, which isn't surprising. However, when the researchers looked at people only drinking DIET sodas,
their risk of obesity was even HIGHER than the regular soda
The study showed
there was a 41 percent increase in risk of being
overweight for every can or bottle of diet soda a person drinks
Shocked? Don't be.
What happens is
the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas create a hormonal
response in the body that increases your cravings for sweets and
refined carbohydrates (sugar).
So, those "diet"
drinks are anything BUT diet!
Another reason is
that people often believe that because they are drinking a diet
soda, that gives them more leeway to eat more of everything
And they end up
consuming more calories overall.
I used to work
with a guy who used that ridiculous logic. He would eat a
cheeseburger and fries for lunch and wash it down with a Diet
He was plump then
and is enormous now.
Let's take a
little closer look at...
Artificial sweeteners in diet soda
artificial sweeteners are poisons. There's no other way to say
Most diet sodas
contain aspartame (the better known brand names are Equal or
Here are just some of the documented side effects of aspartame:
-Blindness in one or both eyes
-Decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as blurring,
bright flashes, tunnel vision
-Dry eyes/decreased tears
-Severe drowsiness and sleepiness
-Numbness of the arms and legs
-Slurring of speech
-Heart palpitations/rapid heart beat
-Shortness of breath
-High blood pressure
-Diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
-Stomach pain/pain while swallowing
Skin and Allergies:
-Itching without a rash
-Worsening of asthma problems
Endocrine and Metabolic:
-Loss of control of diabetes
-Thinning or loss of hair
-Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
-Severe PMS symptoms
You can see the
complete list of aspartame side effects here:
The best soda to drink
By now you've
probably surmised that the best soda to drink is...
NO SODA AT ALL.
But that doesn't
mean you can't enjoy some tasty beverages!
alternatives to soda are iced herbal teas, water with a splash
of fresh-squeezed lemon or lime juice (and no, lemons and limes
are NOT acidic to your body!) and fresh vegetable juices.
If you want to
sweeten your iced tea with a non-calorie sweetener or make a
low-cal homemade lemonade, try using Stevia. It's been around
for centuries and has a proven track record of safety.
Reduce your Type 2 diabetes &
In addition to
avoiding soda, the best way to reduce your risk of Type 2
diabetes and obesity is to have a diet of real foods
that nourish your body and digest easily.
You see, when you
eat real foods that your body can digest well, you get the
maximum nutrition from your foods. This helps keep you feeling
satisfied and FAR less likely to snack or overeat.
Just watch those
nourishing foods are inherently lower in calories, so you'll
naturally take in fewer calories overall.
Fewer calories =
less of you to love.
channels will be better able to detoxify your body and reduce
fat without the undue strain from excess acid wastes.
And eating more
real foods means avoiding refined carbs--which can not only help
you drop the pounds but also help reduce your risk of Type 2
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