Time for another food related rant. Stick around to the end for my suggested solution (see I’m not just spouting off problems everyone should already be aware of… I can tell y’all how to fix it!)
What’s in soda pop?
(Regular) High fructose corn syrup. Effects of high fructose corn syrup are fairly simple and devious… it blocks the chemicals in your brain that signal that you are full, medically speaking: “it inhibits leptin secretion and it never shuts off gherin.” says Dr. Oz. Since your brain is convinced there is room for more, you keep drinking. If you are not careful, there will be more unnoticed calories entering than you keep track of, which leads to over eating/drinking. It’s a cheap sugar substitute to keep those Dr. Peppers flowing into your glass on a warm summer day.
(Diet) Artificial sweeteners replace natural sugars with modified substances that resemble sugar in their taste but the molecules are different. And they are different enough that the digestive system cannot break them down to burn like sugar (this is why diabetics can consume them without adverse affects to blood sugar levels). Some studies have indicated aspartame, one of the most common soda sweeteners, has caused increased migraines, depression in patience with mood disorders, increased hunger is a possibility but further research is needed. The new player on this team is sucralose, aka Splenda, nearly zero calories and is not fully absorbed by the digestive system. This is not a cousin of sugar (sucrose) as many believe, this was a precipitate found while developing an insecticide. It’s pure chemical, not pure sugar. Did you know chlorine is found in sucralose? One cup of Splenda contains 96 calories and 32 grams of carbohydrates, this is due to the other artificial sweeteners added to sucralose to make Splenda. Sucralose is not free from side-effects either, there are reports of digestive problems, skin irritation, mood swings, chest pains and anxiety. No wonder I feel wired after a can of Coke Zero.
Fizzy phosphorus carries away calcium. Less calcium means weaker bones and possibly osteoporosis later on in life.
The acidity eats away on your tooth enamel, causing cavities.
What to do if you are hooked on soda?
I won’t tell you to drop it, you will have to steadily decrease your consumption. This is especially important if you like caffeinated pop. Your system will go into caffeine withdrawal and you will most likely end up with a migraine. While I’m not a health professional, I’ve learned from experience. I was drinking Pepsi daily at work before I got pregnant with Big Brother. As soon as I found out I was expecting, I stopped eating all the bad things (at least I thought were bad, not like wine or beer – caffeine!). I had such terrible head aches! Instead of a full stop I weaned myself and drank plenty of water. Surprisingly, water makes you feel full faster than soda. Well, duh it doesn’t have HFC in it! The sad thing is, soda remains dirt cheap. Not only in the supermarkets but on menus too. And most restaurants refill soda for free. Water from the tap is free, but might not taste a fresh as say the Columbia Icefield run-off. You don’t need to buy bottles of water either, keep reading.
Help a pop-crazy friend with a cool gift!
Water is the best thing for your body, we’re made up of a lot of it. Stay fresh and hydrated with a cool earth-friendly water.org bottle. I already have a Brita water bottle with filter like this one.
I bought it for Big Brother who started school in the nasty hot weather we had this summer. In Texas, the water can quickly take on “earthy” properties that are not appealing to my nordic taste buds. This bottle solved that problem and I knew my little one had clean water while away at school.
And just because Matt Damon is awesome, here is a video: