Whether we are walking past vending machines in the hallway to class, down the isles of the store, or watching television, soda is constantly being consumed by the American populace.  It is easy to walk past the apple or orange juice when there is such an assortment of carbonated drinks to choose from at the Young Hall Caf, but what many people do not know may actually hurt them in this situation. Many people are unaware of the amounts of sugar, carbohydrates, and other ingredients used in the mass production of soda, but with a more thorough look at the nutritional value on each can or bottle, it becomes clear as to why many researchers today are advising to stay away from soft drinks.

A soda can be somewhat beneficial and very refreshing after exercise or a walk to class through the heat, but when the average soft drink contains 10 spoonfuls of sugar and is consumed during inactivity, it can be extremely harmful to our bodies.  A recent study on WebMD gives a perspective of what kind of effect drinking soda can have: “The early findings showed a 48% increase in heart attack and stroke risk among daily diet soda drinkers, compared to people who did not drink diet sodas at all or did not drink them every day.”

There is always that ritual of grabbing a Mountain Dew before your literature class to help you stay awake through the lecture or the nostalgic taste of Coke at a baseball game. Drinking during these times within moderation cannot lead to harmful side effects, but when copious amounts are being consumed by an individual, a long list of harmful effects may begin to arise. Not only do drinks make your teeth three times more susceptible to tooth and enamel decay, they also increase your chance of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity.

It is important to be aware of the dangerous effects of anything we include to our daily dietary supplement. When going to fill your cup, try to limit yourself to drinking soda on occasion. Not only does this make it more enjoyable and reduce health problems, it also makes the tab cheaper.

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