This infographic entitled "A Sip of Soda: How Soft Drinks Impact Your Health" explains the harmful health effects of various ingredients found in sodas - and gives nine very good reasons to stop drinking it. Some highlights include:
Sodium benzoate found in sodas has been associated with asthma, eczema and urticaria (rash).
High levels of phosphoric acid in soda has been linked to osteoporosis, kidney stones and other renal problems.
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained in most soft drinks has been associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome - a condition that is linked with an elevated risk of both heart disease and diabetes.
The inner lining of soda cans contains BPA, a cancer causing chemical that is thought to wreak havoc on the endocrine system, causing premature puberty and reproductive abnormalities.
Acid and sugar in sodas are known to easily dissolve tooth enamel, leading to gum disease.
The sugar in soft drinks causes a spike in blood sugar and an insulin burst which, in turn, causes the liver to turn any sugar into fat.
It is estimated that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times:
- 70% of cardiovascular disease is related to obesity
- 42% of breast and colon cancer is diagnosed in obese individuals
- 30% of gall bladder surgery is related to obesity.
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Infographic Source: Term Life Insurance