A soft drink (also called soda, pop, soda pop, coke, fizzy drink, seltzer, mineral, Lolly water or carbonated beverage) is a beverage that typically contains carbonated water, a sweetener and a flavoring. The sweetener may be sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice, sugar substitutes (in the case of diet drinks) or some combination of these. Soft drinks may also contain caffeine, colorings, preservatives and other ingredients.
We all know how bad soda is. It affects our health and should be avoided, but who stopped drinking soda, knowing all those facts how bad it is. But it is all because of the habits we have. You have the power to change your children’s habits because these are the top 10 reasons to never let your kids drink soda. When you read the 10 reasons to never let your kids drink soda, a lot of things will be more understandable why it is so bad.
1. Soda is addictive
One of the many reasons to never let your kids drink soda is because of the addictive properties it has. Caffeine as a main ingredient in all soda drinks is the most commonly used mood – altering drug in the world. Caffeine is bad for our heart and it may cause a heart attack. Caffeine can cause a mental addiction as bad as any other drug. Children are not immune to addiction. On the other side, sugar addiction causes other cravings. Choosing diet soda instead is not an option. It is equally dangerous.
2. Soda has no nutrition value
This is more than obvious. Consuming soda will not give you any nutritional benefits, nor will it give it to your body. Drinking soda will make your kids eat less of the food they need, because it will make them feel full when they drink it. Those who drink soda more often have lack of vitamin A, calcium and magnesium which are important minerals for our body.
3. Soda harms children’s brains
A human’s brain keeps developing continuously. But if you start drinking soda from a young age, you might harm your brain. When kids drink soda, they consume chemicals that might alter their brains. The citric acids inserted into a soda can hide an MSG, so can the flavors put to make the soda tastier. All this damages the kids’ brain a lot. It has been linked to a lot of cases where tumors and cancer has shown up, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and brain damage, learning disorders and behavioral problems as well.
4. Soda can make kids’ bones weaker
Drinking soda lowers the calcium levels in our body, therefore it makes our bones weaker and more vulnerable. Soda also contains phosphorus, which is linked to bone loss when in disproportionate levels of calcium. Since long time ago scientists have proven the interference between caffeine and calcium. Kids who drink soda are less likely to consume milk, therefore are less likely to take the needed calcium for their bones.
5. Soda causes bad behavior
There are many reasons and factors that can cause bad behavior at kids who consume soda. Starting from caffeine, sugar, artificial color and sweeteners, blood sugar spikes ending at drops. There was a survey where more than 3000 moms said that their kids were more aggressive, withdrawn and had trouble paying attention when they consumed soda.
6. It destroys kids’ teeth
Sugar is the worst thing to give to kids, but there are abnormal levels of sugar and acids contained in the soda. They are extremely bad for the kids, and they affect their oral health a lot.
7. Soda has a huge bad impact on childhood diabetes
In laboratory experiments, mice were fed artificial sweeteners, like aspartame food found in soda. After some time, mice became glucose intolerance which is a sign of metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes. The shocking fact is that if you reduce the quantity of consuming soda will not lower the chances of getting this type of diabetes. A single 12oz soda bottle will raise the chances of getting type 2 diabetes by 22%.
8. Kids who consume soda are more likely to be obese
A recent study at kids aged 3 – 5 years showed that those who consumed soda are more likely to suffer from obesity when they grow up. Also, kids who developed a preference for junk food were more likely to become obese when they grow up. Don’t fool yourself that giving your kid diet soda instead will solve the problem. The negative effects are same as consuming regular coke.
9. Soda can lead to heart disease
When talking of heart attack, kids don’t go along the conversation, but when speaking of soda and mentioning that only one soda per day raises the chances of a heart attack by 61% then you should be worried about it. The same amount of soda is linked to another 19% of heart diseases. As we mentioned above, chances of being addicted to consuming soda are high, therefore kids are more likely to consume it regularly and increase their chances of getting some heart disease.
10. Soda can inhibit digestion
The caffeine and soda combined together may lead to dehydration because of their diuretic nature, especially if you want to replace the water with soda. Sugar and caffeine together make our stomach produce more acids which leads to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Other IBS may be the carbonation. It results in more gas.
What can be a better option for kids than water or milk?
Fruit juices are a way better choice than soda. However, when giving juice to your kids beware of the sugar levels of the juice.