Soda is liquid satan, I couldn’t agree more with the skinny bitches Rory and Kim who coined this phrase. If you’re interested in a tough love book about eating right I’d recommend Skinny Bitch.
Anyways, I’ve posted about high fructose corn syrup, sugar, aspartame and natural flavors. If you drink soda, diet or regular you should read these past posts. Here’s the scoop on soda.
Coke- carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, phosphoric acid, natural flavors, caffiene
Pepsi-carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, sugar, phosphoric acid, citrid acid and natural flavors
Diet Coke-carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate, natural flavors, citric acid, caffiene
My translation of the ingredients-carbonated water, nutritionally devoid sweeteners, chemicals, chemicals, chemicals, and more chemicals. Why would you want to ruin your water like that?
I rounded up a bunch of sodas like canada dry’s ginger ale (which by the way has no ginger in it), and most of the ingredients are the same. Soda is just bubbly water with chemicals and harmful modified sugars added to it.
Here’s the breakdown.
Aspartame, high fructose corn syrup and sugar I’ve mentioned before. These sugars whether they’re in diet or regular soda are not healthful and cause weight gain and energy spikes. The chemical sweeteners can lead to cancer among other undesirable diseases (see my posts on sugar).
The artificial & natural flavor and other additives.
Caramel color is an artifical flavor. If natural flavor is listed as an ingredient you can be sure that there isn’t just one natural flavor, there’s probably a whole slew (that goes for all foods and beverages, not just soda). Phosphoric acid allows a slightly sour taste in soda and adds to it’s acidity. This acidity is known to leach calcium from your bones. Caffiene which is an addictive substance leaves the body dehydrated.
All of these substances are harmful and highly acidic to your body. Regular soda has a pH of 2 and diet has a pH of 1.5. So if you’re trying to lose weight at all, soda will cause your body to produce fat cells due to it’s high acidic content. Also acidic conditions in the body are breeding ground for illness and colds.
In my opinion one of the most helpful steps to becoming a healthier person is to cut down or stop drinking soda.