For years, we’ve known is that the sugar and acids found in soda contribute to tooth decay. In fact, the Ohio Dental Association warns that the acids in soda can dissolve tooth enamel in just 20 minutes.
But soda can also eat away at your bones, thanks to phosphoric acid, a common ingredient in most soft drinks. The reason? Phosphorus pulls calcium out of bones.
Animal studies have consistently shown a clear correlation between bone loss and cola consumption, a finding that has been confirmed in human studies. One study in particular found that 14-year-old female athletes who drank cola were five times more likely to break a bone than girls who didn’t drink soda.
However, soda doesn’t just strip away, it can also add on—pounds that is. A study from the Lancet showed that 12-year-olds who drink sodas on a regular basis were more likely to be overweight than those children who avoided soft drinks. Moreover, researchers found that each additional can or glass of sugary soda correlated to a 1.6 increased risk of obesity.
Similarly, researchers also found that women who drank just one soda a day were 85 percent more likely to develop type-2 diabetes than women who drank less than one soda per day.
As tempting as it may be, don’t think that diet sodas are the answer. Most diet drinks contain aspartame, a controversial sweetener made by combining two amino acids—aspartic acid and phenylalanine—with 10 percent methanol, an alcohol that breaks down into formaldehyde in your body. This combination has been found to have potent excitatory effects on brain chemistry, often leading to a whole host of health problems, including headaches, dizziness, anxiety, and depression.
Amidst all these bad news there is a glimmer of hope. According to a study from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, kids usually drink sodas at home, especially if their parents also consume the sweet stuff. This makes the solution easy! Don’t have soda in the house, for your sake as well as your children.
But this doesn’t mean you have to go without. There is an incredible soda replacement—flavored liquid stevia. You can find flavored liquid stevia in incredible flavors like vanilla crème, apricot nectar, and even root beer.
Simply add one to two droppersful of this intoxicating elixir into naturally sparkling mineral water, mix, and presto! You have a cool, delicious beverage that has all the taste and flavor of bottled soda, but none of the sugar, dangerous sugar replacements, phosphorus, or acids.