Why soda is bad for you

Please read this article for five reasons why soda is bad for you. The amount of added sugar (High Fructose Corn Syrup) in soda is toxic when consumed regularly. Drinking soda often (daily or multiple times per week) is dangerous to your health. In the video, The Bitter Truth, Dr. Robert Lustig says, “Chronic fructose exposure promotes Metabolic Syndrome:”

  • Obesity
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Lipid problems
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular Disease

These five health problems are why soda is bad for you. How much soda do Americans drink? 

Why sugar is bad for you
12-oz Coca-Cola has the equivalent of 17 cubes of sugar.

Why Soda is Bad for America

According to statista.com, the U.S. per capita consumption of soft drinks in 2018 is 38.87 gallons (per person). In 2019, the U.S. ranked second in soft drink consumption, following Mexico. How much are 38.87 gallons of soda in ounces (oz)?

  • 4,975.36 oz per year
  • 95.41 oz per week
  • 13.63 oz per day

Americans drink a large volume of soda per year. How many grams of sugar are in 4,975.36 ounces of soda? That depends on how many grams of sugar is in each ounce of soda.

Soda Map of United States

American Soda Companies

The three most consumed soft drinks in America are Coca-cola, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper. These soda brands have different amounts of sugar per ounce, for example:

  • Coca-Cola’s 3.25 g/oz 
  • Pepsi 3.41 g/oz
  • Dr. Pepper 3.2 g/oz 

These companies’ soft drink market share is 43.7%, 24.1%, and 18.2%, respectively. (Stastica.com) Thus, most soda consumed by Americans (61.9%) has 3.2 grams of sugar per ounce. 

Most Americans consume 15,921 grams of sugar from soda per year. That’s 43.61 grams of sugar per day from soft drinks. Is consuming over 43 grams of added sugar per day unhealthy?

Why Soda is Bad for You variety pack
Variety of sodas: Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Dr Pepper.

Why American Soda Consumption is Unhealthy

The 2020-2025 Nutritional Guidelines for Americans limits added sugars to 10% of your calorie needs. Discover how to calculate your daily sugar limit. A 45-year-old sedentary woman who walks less than 30 minutes a day has a daily calorie need of 1800. Thus, her added sugar limit is 180 calories. How many calories are in 43 grams of sugar?

Sugar is a carbohydrate. It has four calories per gram. Therefore, 43 g of sugar is 172 calories. A middle-aged American sedentary woman consumes 96% (172/180) of her added sugar calories on sodas. However, CDC.gov data shows sweetened beverages (soda) is only 10.2% of total beverage consumption. What other drinks do adults consume that have sugar?

Sugary Drinks other than Soda

Soda is not the only beverage with added sugars. Other sugary drinks include coffee (14.9%), tea (8.7%), and fruit drinks (5.6%). In a University of Illinois study, 67% of coffee drinkers add sugar and cream. However, fewer tea drinkers use sugar in their drinks.

The study shows coffee drinkers add 41.5 sugar calories per drink. That’s 10.4 grams of sugar per coffee. The National Coffee Association reports the average American coffee drinker consumes 3 cups per day. That’s 31.2 grams of added sugar per day, which equals 125 sugar calories.

Woman over 40 drinking soda
The more sugary soda you drink, the fatter you get.

Added Sugars of Coffee and Soda 

When you add 125 sugar calories in 3 cups of coffee with 172 sugar calories in soda, your total is 297. This sugar total exceeds the sugar limit of all females. Furthermore, it surpasses most adult men’s sugar limit and nearly equals the sugar limit of active men ages 19-35.

To reduce added sugars in drinks such as coffee, Big Weight Loss recommends using dextrose powder instead of sugar. Discover why dextrose is safer than sucrose and high fructose corn syrup.

Takeaways

Soda is bad for you when consumed regularly because chronic fructose consumption promotes Metabolic Syndrome. Drinking soda with high fructose corn syrup causes the following health problems:

  • Obesity
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Lipid problems
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular Disease

Furthermore, excessive sugar consumption causes fatty liver disease.

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