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Is soda bad for you?

Joshua Farrell

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Sure, soda can be bad for you, especially if it is most sodas that have artificial crap in it, that can actually have an affect on you if you drink too much of it. FOr example, due to the increased artificial foods and drinks being bought over the last 40 years, some people being born of parents who are heavy in artificial flavors consumption, may end up getting weird sensitivities. One of those sensitivities being an allergy to specific colors and dies, namely red and blue dies (whether it be natural or artificial).

But I think that soda can be good, so long as it is not excessive and the sodas with more natural ingredients are used (actual sugars and no artificial flavorings).
 

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Soda either has a lot of sugar in it, which is bad for you, or it contains an artificial sweetener in place of sugar, which is bad for you.

Almost anything is ok if it's in moderation, but I do not believe it is possible for soda to be good for you.
 

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The two potential threats caused by too much soda intake, are diabetes and caffeine overdose. A third could be gingivitis, but looking after your teeth with a brush at least twice a day will mitigate that threat.

Standard Brands: Now 50/50
These drinks usually contain sucrose as the natural sweetener. However, laws have since been in place that requires these drinks to cut down on sugar levels. How do they get around that? They cut down on sucrose and attempt to make up for it with an artificial sweetener such as aspartame. While sucrose levels are dropped by 50%, the overwhelming sweetness of the remaining 50% should be such that most people won't be able to taste the difference with the reduction.


Diet and Zero Brands: 100% Aspartame
These brands completely replace natural sugars with artificial sweeteners; typically, this is 100% aspartame, but can sometimes include sucralose. Aspartame is also used in packaged artificial sweeteners such as Canderel.

There have been varying degrees of study on the effects of aspartame on the human body, and most, if not all, conclude that it is safe for consumption. I believe the most commonly reported side effects are varying severities of headache; a symptom which also exists with caffeine overdosage and caffeine withdrawal.


Caffeine
Whether you go for the standard or diet alternative, Coca-Cola and its derivatives/competitors all contain caffeine. Typically, this is around 35 mg/330 ml. Reduced sugar alternatives actually contain slightly more caffeine. Tea, coffee (barring decaffeinated, of course) and energy drinks such as Red Bull contain over twice as much caffeine in the same volume, versus these soft drinks.

The approximate safe daily intake of caffeine is estimated to be within the 300–500 mg range, though medical conditions affecting your liver will decrease this safe zone. For a proper figure, you can calculate it from your body weight and a general idea of your metabolism. A generalization would be that 10 cans per day are within most people's safe limits.

Lethal doses of caffeine are estimated to be approximately 150 mg per kg (or 2.2 lb) of body mass. For an individual weighing 75 kg (165 lb), that's 11,250 mg, or roughly 321 cans of Coca-Cola. For an individual weighing 50 kg (110 lb), that's 7,500 mg, or 214 cans.

Just remember that you must take into account other sources of caffeine when calculating the safe daily intake figures, such as chocolate, kola nuts, medication, caffeine pills, tea, coffee and energy drinks.

A caffeine overdose can have highly negative side affects, including the possibility of death. Other side affects are fever, heart palpitations, rapid breathing, tinnitus, twitching, frequent urination (caffeine is excreted from the body via urine), hallucinations, seizures, headache, anxiety, insomnia (unsurprisingly) and hematemesis.


(UK) Sugar Taxes
Introduced in April of this year by the UK government, all soda vendors are now taxed on the following two bands;
> 5 g/100 ml @ £0.18/liter
>= 8 g/100 ml @ £0.24/liter
Naturally, this taxation on these companies has found its way to the consumer as well. Two examples, based on my experiences, are McDonald's has increased its sodas by £0.18, while the Co-operative has increased a 2-liter bottle of Pepsi or Dr. Pepper by anywhere from £0.40 to £0.55 (now selling for £2.50 per bottle).

Under the figures defined by the government, a 2-liter bottle of ordinary Dr Pepper, with 4.9 g/100 ml, should be free from this taxation, but you definitely notice the difference as a consumer...


TL;DR
It's no worse than tea or coffee, providing you look after your teeth and drink sensibly. An overdose on caffeine is the largest cause for concern, and this can be more easily accomplished with drinks that have higher caffeine content, so I think this warning should apply more so for those than sodas. Sodas without caffeine don't carry this risk.
 
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As someone who drinks a ton of pop, I think it's a pretty objective truth that it's horrible for your health. Drinking it in extreme moderation is the only way to consume it if you are health-conscious.
 

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It needs to be balanced with exercise for sure! Otherwise, it's just pure poison - with no hope of escape! Anyway, I hope that message would get across to people, but some just sit around and drink this stuff, becoming obese - as in really obese, not thick - and even with thin people, it's still an invisible killer.
 

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It needs to be balanced with exercise for sure! Otherwise, it's just pure poison - with no hope of escape! Anyway, I hope that message would get across to people, but some just sit around and drink this stuff, becoming obese - as in really obese, not thick - and even with thin people, it's still an invisible killer.
It entirely depends on the person's metabolism. Those with slow metabolisms tend to gain weight very easily. Soda is just one part of the problem for these people. Others with faster metabolisms can intake daily with no effect.
 

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It needs to be balanced with exercise for sure! Otherwise, it's just pure poison - with no hope of escape! Anyway, I hope that message would get across to people, but some just sit around and drink this stuff, becoming obese - as in really obese, not thick - and even with thin people, it's still an invisible killer.
It entirely depends on the person's metabolism. Those with slow metabolisms tend to gain weight very easily. Soda is just one part of the problem for these people. Others with faster metabolisms can intake daily with no effect.
The fact of metabolism is why fat shaming (or skinny shaming) is so cruel as some social justice type people would point out. Nonetheless, some one could point out that people should adjust their actions to deal with their metabolism - but this seems like some cheap way to justify bullying to be honest.
 

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These things, like coffee and soda are literally washing away some healthy elements that causes pains and illnesses and diseases over the years. Things like www.payspi.org can resolve that , but it's just easier way to eat and drink healthy and have a balanced diet and just do some sports activities - and you will be fine for years ahead.
 
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1 can is okay. 2 cans, okay sure. But more than 2 and not doing anything healthy after that is considered bad.
 

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Personally soda affected my teeth alot when i was younger.
Im from Scotland, UK and we now have sugar tax so all sodas are pretty much sugarfree/sugarless now