If you haven’t already heard by now, soda may just be one of the worst regularly consumed beverages out there. People everywhere from the U.S. to China are drinking the sugary, carbonated beverage and they are drinking a LOT of it.
Studies continue to be published about the negative impact that regular consumption of soda can have on the body and mind. What are oh-so-terrible side effects you may ask?
Soda has been linked to:
- Kidney damage
- Nerve damage
- Slow metabolism
These are some pretty alarming side effects especially for something as simple as a beverage.
What about the soda that makes it so bad?
- It is of course the sugar content. That high amount of sugar in one sitting does a negative number on the body, forcing your body to respond ASAP to that boatload of sugar just consumed. Regularly forcing one’s body to extreme high levels of sugar intake can lead to issues with the pancreas.
- A few of the elements such as phenylalanine, often found in diet soda has been linked to issues with hormones.
- Hidden ingredients. Companies are often allowed to withhold certain ingredients from their label if the amount is low enough. So even though a product technically contains a certain ingredient, you may not always know about it. Don’t be fooled by the “small dose” though because that doesn’t mean damage is not being done. For example, there is a chemical, 4-methylimidazole, found in the major soda brands (you can take a guess which ones I’m talking about) that is also used for coloring in photography and tobacco. Yuck!
- It literally provides no benefit to the human body. No one “needs” soda. It’s too high in sugar, calories and chemicals.
Now I know certain foods and beverages can be difficult to give up. However there is a helpful way to wean you off the bad stuff. Here’s a recipe I came up with when I find myself wanting a soda or at least something bubbly.
The best part about it is that it is low in calorie, low in sugar, can have a variety beneficial properties and you can make in almost any flavor you want!
Homemade Tea Soda
- 1 Tea bag
- 8 oz water
- 1 packet of Stevia or 2 tsp raw honey
- 8 oz seltzer water
Prepare 8 oz favorite tea ( I chose..) by boiling water, remove from heat, pour in mug or protective cup. Add tea bag and let sit for 2 minutes, then stir in Stevia or honey. Let cool in fridge for an hour. In a separate glass, pour in seltzer water, add tea, add ice, stir briefly and enjoy!
Peace, Love, & Coconuts.
Does it really seem worth it to drink soda despite the continuing emerging evidence of its negative side effects? Let us know what you think..
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