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Top 5 Reasons NOT to Drink Soda

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Top 5 Reasons NOT to Drink Soda

Talk of a “sugar tax” on soda has people all abuzz about whether it’s an American thing to financially punish people for drinking soda or not. I say go ahead and tax soda, and here are five good reasons why:

1. Soda is one more cause of the climate crisis. We have exported our carbon dioxide addiction all around the world. Just think of the costs in fuel to ship it—and the emissions produced. Maybe if we stop drinking so much of it, the appeal of American sodas will decline elsewhere. And at least in most other countries, the local soda is still made with real sugar!

2. Yeah, yeah, yeah…high-fructose corn syrup. HFCS is only cheaper than sugar because our government subsidizes the toxic, poisonous farming of corn in order to keep chemical companies (and maybe big tractor companies, too) in business. Plus, studies have shown that high-fructose corn syrup has mercury in it. So all those moms who think (incorrectly) that mercury in vaccines causes autism had better not be giving their kids soda!

3. Diet soda causes people to make poor decisions. According to a recent study, people who drink diet sodas think they are getting some energy, but their bodies still feel starved, so they kick into famine mode. Which basically means that the future doesn’t matter, all that matters is getting a next dose of fuel—hence, impulsive, short-term thinking. Amazing.

4. Soda isn’t really thirst quenching anyway. Did you ever really, really pay attention to how your mouth feels when you drink a soda? All that sugar kind of sucks out the liquids from your mouth and leaves a taste that is so icky you have to eat something to get rid of it. So not only are you getting empty calories from your drink, but you are urged to snack, too.

Here’s a great substitute December’s Float of the Month: Tangerine-Pomegranate

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9:48PM PDT on Apr 12, 2014

Gross, I just had one today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11:16AM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

There are way more than 5 reasons not to drink that stuff. It's as bad for you as smoking.

11:19PM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Drink WATER~! Water is hydrating and has so many benefits. If I want the fizz I go for natural sparkling mineral water then I might add a squirt of lemon or a slice of lemon or a slice and squirt of Orange. Then add a ton of ice cubes and you have a great drink. Water with ice cubes is great too. You can add a sprig of mint in it as well.

I wouldnt touch diet ANYTHING FOR ALL THE TEA IN CHINA!!
Do a google search on the side effects of Diet whatever

8:08AM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

GOOD INFO TY

4:09AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Only if it's healthy

2:02AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Thanks. Very true ...

7:26PM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

ok, ginger ale & cranberry juice is good when you drink a lot of unsweetened tea & would like a bit of sugar, I wont feel bad for the occasional soda, ALSO if you get migraines you know sometimes you need that coke or pepsi desperately. I don't drink it all the time but no way in hell will I be w/out & risk the month long migraines again. coffee dosent cut it for whatever reason. sure soda isn't good for you but it isn't really bad in moderation.

2:00AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Thanks for this info, I am glad I have been trying to cut down on my soda drinks

9:55AM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

5:25PM PST on Dec 16, 2012

Thank you Maria, for Sharing this!

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