Death by Pop

Feel weaker after a soda? Well, you should. It’s taking years off your life.  Drinking two or more pops also known as sodas a day increases your mortality by 21 % according to a 2019 study.

I always knew that pop, also called soda, was not good for me. All our mothers told us this, every time we pleaded for a can of pop. When I started research for this article, I surprised to learn how my mom downplayed pop’s ghastly persona.

When you consume more than just two glasses a day there are so many bad things about pop, I had to eliminate many detrimental causing agents. Don’t believe me, take a look yourself.

Here is some more to think about. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is a growing disease due to the Western diet. CVD’s is the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes in Canada since the mid 2000’s.

A 355 ml can of the very popular Coke has a whopping 10 tsps. (36 grams) of sugar. That’s 144 calories. That means it will take you anywhere from 30-45 mins of a brisk walk just to negate those calories. Most calculations are body weight dependent.

Pop is not the sole reason for the increase in North America’s obesity problem but is certainly a factor. Over the last twenty years obesity grew almost three-fold with no signs of slowing down. Obesity is also a leading cause of diabetes. In fact, scientist feel so strongly that they are interdependence that the term “diabesity” has surfaced.

Studies have found that some artificial color dyes including yellow-5 and red-40 can damage your DNA. These dyes originally made from coal tar and now from petroleum trigger carcinogens in lab animals. Experts recommend that you read the pop labels and look for natural colourings.

Guess there was something to that old saying “You are what you eat” holds true even more today.

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