The effects of long term soda drinking

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    Jun 16, 2011 8:02 PM GMT
    "Sugar rushes and caffeine highs followed by a depressing energy crash are what happens to your body if you drink a soda right now, but plenty of Blisstree readers actually seem to be okay with that. Some of you think it’s alarmist to compare a caffeine and sugar rush to doing drugs, and some just don’t really care about the slump they’ll find themselves in after drinking 39 grams of sugar, but what makes us really worried about a soda-slurping habit is what happens over the long term."

    http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/what-happens-to-your-body-after-you-drink-a-soda-every-day-for-a-long-time-2494154/
  • denus

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    Jun 16, 2011 11:07 PM GMT
    It's not so much the soda, I imagine, but the concentrated, refined sugar that's doing them in. That said, I had a wicked soda habit myself which I kicked last August. 80 lbs lost tells me I made the right choice.
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    Jun 16, 2011 11:22 PM GMT
    I don't drink soda because while I never had acne, if I drink soda I get pimples (maybe 2 every week) and I hate pimples, so I just don't drink that poisonous stuff hahaha
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    Jun 16, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
    denus saidIt's not so much the soda, I imagine, but the concentrated, refined sugar that's doing them in. That said, I had a wicked soda habit myself which I kicked last August. 80 lbs lost tells me I made the right choice.


    This +1.

    Big weight loss here after kicking soda to the curb.

    And when I was a jet mechanic in the USAF, a can of coke in the wwasher would work wonders at degreasing my coveralls.

    Makes you wonder what that shit does to your insides.
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    Jun 16, 2011 11:25 PM GMT

    How else am I supposed to attain a sensation in my mouth tantamount to sucking on a miniature volcano and don't say Pop Rocks. icon_surprised.gif





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    Jun 16, 2011 11:29 PM GMT
    GuiltyGear said
    How else am I supposed to attain a sensation in my mouth tantamount to sucking on a miniature volcano and don't say Pop Rocks. icon_surprised.gif







    I am sure you will find some much better alternatives icon_twisted.gif

    my criteria simple - is what I am putting into my body doing me good - or is it just empty calories?

    no brainer after answering that question
  • Glorfindel

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    Jun 17, 2011 12:02 AM GMT
    This article should be titled "What happens to your body after you drink a soda daily and continue to sit on your ass and not do anything".

    Too much of anything is bad for you. You can drink too much water and that's bad for you (hyponatremia). Too much Vitamin A or C is bad for you too! Go figure that too much coke is bad for you as well. Sure, caffeine is the most highly abused drug. However, its effects are not as long lasting or permanent as say cocaine or THC (though the long term effects of THC are debatable), which is why it's a legal drug. Though taking caffeine (powder form) straight will kill you.

    But sugar and caffeine will not affect your body in any significant way if you maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Jun 17, 2011 12:03 AM GMT
    Soda is addicting and sexy and erotic
  • monet

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    Jun 17, 2011 2:20 AM GMT
    Here in Philadelphia the mayor is trying to pass a beverage tax of 2 cents an ounce on sodas, sweetended teas and sports drinks. You should hear all the morons bitching because their poison is going to cost more.
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    Jun 17, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
    haven't read the article yet, but I associate with health-conscious people, one of whom was trained at Johns Hopkins, and they all avoid soda:

    high fructose corn syrup, phosphoric acid, caramel color...the reports about harmful ingredients in colas just keep coming.

    Coke and Pepsi may be available just about everywhere beverages are sold, but health-conscious people are increasingly wary of consuming them on a regular basis. skipping cola drinks just for the sake of your teeth and pancreas makes sense. drinking the diet versions is like having a death wish.

    all-natural flavored seltzer water, with a slice of lemon or lime, is a big step up health-wise from cola drinks. green tea is a better way to get caffeine.
  • Celticmusl

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    Jun 17, 2011 2:51 AM GMT
    It sounds like they are considering the sugary sodas. I have been drinking DIET sodas exclusively since 1984. Although I think drinking the colas(diet) that contain phosphoric acid resulted in me getting kidney stones a number of years ago, I don't think it has had any negative impact. Although since I did get kidney stones that one time many years ago, I make sure I get lots of fluids elsewhere, like water, and I rarely ever drink the colas. I drink a diet soda/pop almost every day when I get up in the morning, lol.
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    Jun 17, 2011 2:53 AM GMT
    GuiltyGear said
    How else am I supposed to attain a sensation in my mouth tantamount to sucking on a miniature volcano and don't say Pop Rocks. icon_surprised.gif







    carbonated water.
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    Jun 17, 2011 4:47 AM GMT

    Finally, I get to use this
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    Jun 17, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    I haven't had soda in about 3 weeks now because I was eating Korean Kimchi noodles and I don't know what I was thinking but I drank half a bottle of Dr. Pepper almost immediately after...I had this excruciating pain for like 2 minutes in my stomach..it felt like my stomach was about to burst. Really scary two minutes...
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    Jun 17, 2011 8:38 AM GMT
    The acid is terrible for your teeth! icon_eek.gif
  • mikey_101

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    Jun 17, 2011 9:57 AM GMT
    Aspartame and benzoate is not even mentioned........

    these are far worse then the poison of sucralose which is ultra refined anti-nutrient poison.

    Why would anyone with a sane mind consume this shite?
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    Jun 17, 2011 12:43 PM GMT
    Drink a soda only once in a blue moon. I prefer water, juice, green tea, coffee.
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    Jun 17, 2011 5:06 PM GMT
    Exactly. It's all about portion control. Having a couple of sodas (or pop as well call in Canada) a week -- diet or otherwise -- probably isn't going to do any signicant harm. NOW, if you're having several a day, every day, then that's problematic.

    Personally I drink it for the taste (I drink diet & uncaffeinated varieties when I can get them), either on it's own or as a mix for certain cocktails. Sometimes I just need a Diet Coke, and nothing else is gonna do.

    Having soda water with a squeeze of lemon is like having carob instead of chocolate -- if you want the real thing, a substitute ain't gonna cut it! Life is short, to treat yourself every ONCE IN A WHILE.
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    Jun 22, 2011 7:38 AM GMT
    I would suggest avoiding diet soda, even if it has no caffeine or sugar.
    http://www.sweetpoison.com/

    Artificial sweeteners like aspartame are a cause for concern. It has been linked to various conditions but especially hyperthyroidism , which they found in my blood tests. Not wanting to go through the thyroid-killing treatments for that (treatment for hyperthyroidism often makes you permanently HYPOthyroid). I have decided instead to avoid aspartame, and then see what happens.

    Another more minor concern is the overly acidic nature of the drink (not from the carbonation, but adding phosphoric acid) which can erode tooth enamel over time.

    I don't want to drink soda until these companies switch to using stevia. Stevia doesn't have the calories of sugar or HFCS, but it also isn't some chemical unhealthy toxic crap.

    I've been without diet soda for 22 days, drinking only water, and occasional fruit juice.....I used to be addicted to diet soda, it was all I drank. And so I imagine I have consumed a lot of aspartame. But now I have a reason and I am sticking to it.

    I don't know why they are promoting Truvia so much but they still stand by aspartame and sucralose in diet soda, it makes no sense. There is a new soda called "Zevia" but it is too expensive and inconvenient.

    Anyway I heard about the new gadget "Sodastream" which carbonates water. They sell flavorings with sucralose in it though. But you could probably buy fruit flavorings (lemon/lime extract? and other fruit) yourself and add them, and then add Truvia. That would be cool....I have to get a sodastream.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 22, 2011 7:39 AM GMT
    I have soda once or twice a year. It's all sugar. Carbonated drinks decrease bone densityicon_idea.gif
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    Jun 22, 2011 7:57 AM GMT
    Not to mention what sodas do to your ability to taste sweetness:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/jun/09/sugary-drinks-dull-tastebuds-study

    Study summary for the lazy - fat people are worse at tasting sweetness. The researchers made lean people drink soda every day and their ability to taste sweet of course decreased.


    Stevia is from a plant, yes, but that doesn't mean it can't have a negative effect. It has a stabilising effect on the blood sugar of people with diabetes but it was discovered as a tea from some amazonian tribes. In these tribes pretty much everybody had type II diabetes. To me those two facts together suggest that Stevia promotes diabetes, even if it may be a useful drug for people with diabetes.

    PS I love how the article from yahoo has a link to "The 50 Best Cookie Recipes on the Internet" in the middle of the text!
  • metta

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    Mar 31, 2014 8:01 PM GMT
    Diet drinks linked with heart disease, death


    http://www.cnbc.com/id/101536768
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    Mar 31, 2014 8:43 PM GMT
    from what I have seen it can cause weight gain and serious skin problems. liver spots and acne.
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    Mar 31, 2014 10:34 PM GMT
    Don't know how people can drink that crap. Even animals will not drink it. It is killing the world slowly.
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    Mar 31, 2014 10:42 PM GMT
    I drink a lot of tea, green tea, water and fruit juice instead. I drink very little fizzy drinks. Not that much to be honest.