Because making one small change at a time can greatly improve your overall health, I am starting 'the Healthy Challenge of the week'...
This week's challenge: Stop the Pop!!! Let go of the Soda! No soft
drinks this week! This INCLUDES the diet stuff!! Click LIKE or comment
below if you accept this challenge!!
WHY??? This is a MUST READ!!!
1. Weird Fat in
Weird Places - Danish researchers discovered that drinking non-diet
soda leads to dramatic increases in fat buildup around your liver and
your skeletal muscles, both of which can contribute to insulin
resistance and diabetes.
2. Diet-Soda Belly - It's not
surprising that drinking all the sugar in sodas would cause weight gain,
but what is surprising is that even diet soda will pack on the pounds.
It is suggested that aspartame, which raises blood glucose levels,
causes the weight gain; when your liver encounters too much glucose, the
excess is converted to body fat.
3. Caramel Cancer-Causers -
In 2011, the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest
petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to ban the artificial
caramel coloring used to make Coke, Pepsi, and other colas brown. The
reason: Two contaminants in the coloring, 2-methylimidazole and
4-methylimidazole, have been found to cause cancer in animals, a threat
the group says is unnecessary, considering that the coloring is purely
4. Accelerated Aging - Diet or regular, all colas
contain phosphates, or phosphoric acid, a weak acid that gives colas
their tangy flavor and improves their shelf life. Although it exists in
many whole foods, such as meat, dairy, and nuts, too much phosphoric
acid can lead to heart and kidney problems, muscle loss, and
osteoporosis, and one study suggests it could trigger accelerated aging.
5. Water Pollution - The artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas don't
break down in our bodies, nor do wastewater-treatment plants catch them
before they enter waterways, researchers have found. A recent test of
19 municipal water supplies in the U.S. revealed the presence of
sucralose in every one. It's not clear yet what these low levels are
doing to people, but past research has found that sucralose in rivers
and lakes interferes with some organisms' feeding habits.
Mountain Dew Mind - Dentists have a name for the condition they see in
kids who drink too much Mountain Dew. They wind up with a "Mountain Dew
Mouth," full of cavities caused by the drink's excessive sugar levels.
"Mountain Dew Mind" may be the next medical condition that gets named
after the stuff. An ingredient called brominated vegetable oil, or BVO,
added to prevent the flavoring from separating from the drink, is an
industrial chemical used as a flame retardant in plastics. Also found in
other citrus-based soft drinks and sports drinks, the chemical has been
known to cause memory loss and nerve disorders when consumed in large
quantities. Researchers also suspect that, like brominated flame
retardants used in furniture foam, the chemical builds up in body fat,
possibly causing behavioral problems, infertility, and lesions on heart
muscles over time.
7. Whacked-Out Hormones - It's not just the
soda that's causing all the problems. Nearly all aluminum soda cans are
lined with an epoxy resin called bisphenol A (BPA), used to keep the
acids in soda from reacting with the metal. BPA is known to interfere
with hormones, and has been linked to everything from infertility to
obesity and diabetes and some forms of reproductive cancers. The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention have pegged soda cans, along with
restaurant, school, and fast-food meals, as a major source of exposure
to the chemical.
8. Dead Birds - Ever heard of the "Great
Pacific Garbage Patch"? It is a mass of plastic debris in the Pacific
Ocean where things like soda caps (which often aren't recycled) and
plastic fish netting float just beneath the surface of the water. Birds,
sea turtles, and other wildlife mistake the debris for food and eat
large quantities of the plastic, which they are unable to digest.
Ultimately, the plastic causes them to starve to death. It's estimated
that thousands of animals die this way every year.
Side Effects of GMOs - Take a look at the ingredients list for any soda
and chances are most of those ingredients are derived from corn. As much
as 88 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified to
resist toxic pesticides or engineered to create pesticides within the
plant itself. Thanks to lax government safety regulations, and tight
corporate control over who gets to test these proprietary seeds, there
are no human studies that can prove or disprove whether these crops are
safe. Independent scientists have found that, in animals, genetically
modified crops, or GMOs, are linked to digestive tract damage,
accelerated aging, and even infertility. Most recently, scientists in
France found that rats fed GMO corn for their entire two-year lifespan
developed mammary tumors and died earlier than rats that ate non-GMO
corn their entire lives.
10. It is an EASY change to make!!
Think about it, your body NEEDS water to survive, and water is WAY less
expensive that soda! Worried about Caffeine headaches? Switch to tea
or coffee...and if you need it sweet, use REAL sugar or honey (your body
knows how to digest that better than corn syrup).