You know, it’s difficult to find a food product that doesn’t have any benefits to it; heck, even candy has some positive properties, if you really take a close look. But soda…

…we have nothing good to say about soda. In fact, even if there are some possible benefits of drinking soda, they are totally negated by all the reasons why you should toss out any cans in your fridge and never look back.soda-2

So what’s so bad about soda (aka sugary poison)? Take a look at what we know so far through sugary beverage research:

  • Women who drink diet soda see an average 30% decrease in kidney function as they age
  • Excessive soda consumption in children has been linked to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
  • People who drink soda daily (and sugary beverages in general) have a 26% increased risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Drinking one can of soda a day can increase your risk for gout by 75%
  • Drinking just one soda a day has been linked to higher risks for heart disease, heart attack, and death from heart attack
  • Soda consumption has been linked to poor bone health
  • Soda consumption is a known cause–some say the primary cause–of the obesity epidemic in the US
  • Soda consumption has been linked to poor dental health. In fact, it’s been found to destroy oral health at a similar rate to the illicit drug, meth.
  • Soda consumption has been linked to high blood pressure
  • There are no nutritional benefits to soda
  • Mixing soda and alcohol can dangerously affect the rate at which the body becomes intoxicated
  • Drinking 4 or more sodas a day has been linked with a 30% increased risk for depression

So…WHY are you still drinking soda?

Are you craving it? That’s because you’re addicted to the sugar and the artificial sweeteners. Research published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism notes sugar acts as a stress modifier in the brain, relieving negative emotions much like illicit drugs. And, just like any other drug, you need to kick the sugar habit.

And don’t switch to a different sugary beverage, for heaven’s sake. ALL SUGARY BEVERAGES are BAD. Bad. Bad. Bad.

And yes, that means most commercial fruit juice and sports drinks, too!