This part of the blog is from www.mercola.com…see below for my sugar alternative!
Do you want to be healthy? Drinking soda is bad for your health in oh so many ways; even science can’t state all the consequences. Here is what happens inside of your body when you assault it with coke!
10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. This is 100% of your recommended daily intake in one quick hit, and the only reason you don’t vomit as a result of the overwhelming sweetness is because of the Phosphoric Acid, which cuts the flavour.
Your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.
Caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your liver dumps MORE SUGAR into your bloodstream
Your body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – a physically identical response to that of heroin!
THE SUGAR CRASH!
AND THAT’S NOT ALL! Let’s take a closer look at the actual ingredients in a can of soda
Phosphoric acid can interfere with the body’s ability to use calcium, leading to osteoporosis or softening of the teeth and bones.
It is a proven fact that sugar increases insulin levels which can lead to high blood pressure,high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, premature aging and many more negative side effects. Most sodas include over 100% of the RDA of sugar. Sugar is so bad for your health in so many ways.
This chemical is used as a sugar substitute in diet soda. There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption including brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders and epilepsy/seizures.
Caffeinated drinks cause jitters, insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, breast lumps, birth defects and perhaps some forms of cancer.
I recommend that everyone avoid drinking tap water because it can carry any number of chemicals including chlorine, trihalomethanes, lead, cadmium, and various organic pollutants. Tap water is the main ingredient in bottled soft drink.
Clearly, the over-consumption of sodas and sweet drinks is one of the leading causes fueling the world-wide obesity epidemic. One independent peer-reviewed study published in the British medical journal, ‘The Lancet’ demonstrated a strong link between soda consumption and childhood obesity. They found that 12 year olds who drank soft drinks regularly were more likely to be overweight than those who didn’t. In fact, for each additional daily serving of sugar-sweetened soft drink consumed during the nearly two year study, the risk of obesity jumped by 60 percent.
Here’s another sobering fact if you’re struggling with weight issues: just one extra can of soda per day can add as much as 15 pounds to your weight of the course of a single year. Other statistics on the health dangers of soft drinks include:
- One soda per day increases your risk of diabetes by 85 percent.
- Soda drinkers have higher cancer risk. While the federal limit for benzene in drinking water is 5 parts per billion (ppb), researchers have found benzene levels as high as 79 ppb in some soft drinks, and of the 100 brands tested, most had at least some detectable levels of benzene present.
- Soda has been shown to cause DNA damage – courtesy of sodium benzoate, a common preservative found in many soft drinks, which has the ability to switch off vital parts of your DNA. This could eventually lead to diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinsons.
If you are STILL drinking soda, stopping the habit is an easy way to improve your health! Pure water is a much better choice, or if you must drink a carbonated beverage try sparkling mineral water with a squirt of lime or lemon juice. There is absolutely NO REASON your kids should ever drink soda. None, nada, zip, zero. No excuses. The elimination of soft drinks is one of the most crucial factors to deal with many of the health problems you or your children suffer.
If you suffer with an addiction to soda, remember that sugar is actually more addictive than cocaine!
So what can you use instead of sugar? Try Stevia, the all natural sweetener made by nature! Call me (04) 526 4753 or email [email protected] to order some!
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