Free Health Hack #2: Don’t drink soda, find use for it in the video below the post.
Soda is probably one of the worst things that happened to us (from a health perspective). It’s sugar, water, some color and some chemicals. Sounds really healthy… Unfortunately, soda is addictive as well, which makes it often quite difficult to get away from it.
The fact that it can be used to remove sticky gum from the ground (see video below), should lead to the question what it can do inside of your body.
Studies have found out that one can of soda per day increases your risk for diabetes, even if you’re lean, by approximately 20%. Researchers also mentioned that just changing this one habit can prevent millions of cases of diabetes.
Actually nobody’s arguing about the negative effects of soda (except the soda industry) and so it should be pretty clear to everyone that soda is bad for all of us. Sadly most consumers get addicted to it, especially when they drink it on a regular basis.
One reason for this is that the hundreds of engineers working for the soda industry, created a soda with perfect (read: maximum tolerable) sweetness and your taste buds got used to that. Anything that’s less sweet, won’t do the job anymore.
Another part that can make you addicted is the caffeine that’s added to many popular sodas. People who are trying to quit soda often report feeling bad and having headaches, until they drink that soda again.
That’s likely because they are getting addicted to the caffeine and sugar.
This alone should be enough for you to quit soda, but it is even worse. A recent study found a link between carbonated drinks and the risk for heart disease.
The higher the consumption of such beverages the higher the individual’s risk for heart attacks.
If you are now thinking that diet sodas are the solution, especially if you are trying to lose weight, just don’t. Diet sodas could be even worse as some studies suggest. The consumption of diet soda was associated with a 67% higher risk for diabetes compared to no soda consumption.
Regarding the weight gain, a study, conducted in San Antonio, found out that diet soda drinkers were more likely to become obese than regular soda drinkers.
One reason for this might be the artificial sweetener aspartame (the sweetener in most diet sodas). Although this substance is regarded as safe, studies found out that it might actually be worse than sugar. It is not only linked to increased cravings for carbohydrates (sugar), but also to a stimulated appetite, as well as increased fat storage and weight gain.
A study from 2013 compared the weight gain of rats that were fed yogurt with either aspartame, sugar or saccharin. The rats that were fed aspartame and saccharin gained more weight than the sugar rats, although the amount of calories was similar.
Consuming aspartame on a regular basis raises your insulin and leptin levels. Leptin is a hormone that reduces your hunger. If your leptin levels are too high for a longer period of time your body can build a resistance to it. If this happens your body doesn’t respond to leptin anymore and you stay hungry and eat more calories.
This will promote weight gain and obesity.
The best thing you can do is to stay away from soda unless you are using it for one of the soda hacks in the youtube video below.
Besides that, I could give you some recipes for your own soda, but it will probably taste boring and crappy at first. You need some time to adjust your taste buds to the reduced amount of sugar. Use sparkling water and add some lemon or lemon juice to it. This will give you the fizz and some taste!
Getting rid of soda is one of the best things you can do for your health.