According to the Encyclopedia of Medicine, approximately 57 percent of kids with low blood calcium levels consume more than four bottles of soda per week. That’s a quantity of 12 to 16 ounces per drink, for a total of more than 50 ounces!
“But my kid drinks diet, so what’s the big deal?”
If that’s what you’re thinking, I’ve got some more facts for you: While the high sugar levels contained in non-diet sodas are one of the primary reasons for obesity in children and adults, ALL types of soda, including the diet varieties, lead to serious health problems — especially in children.
All those Cokes and Sprites pose a threat to the growth development of your kids, as consumption of the chemicals contained in all types of soda depletes productive levels of calcium in the bloodstream; and we all know that’s needed for building strong bones, right?
Think you’re safe ’cause you’re done growing? Think again!
Insufficient calcium levels have been directly linked to the development of osteoporosis in numerous studies. Osteoporosis is, to be trite, a brittling of the bones that results in easy fractures and breakage of bone tissues.
Here’s how it works: Over-consumption of sodas depletes the body’s levels of vitamin K, resulting in mineral deficiencies in bones, thereby making them brittle. Vitamin K also promotes healthy clotting of the blood. Too little of it can lead to excessive bruising of the skin tissues, as well.
Not enough to make you chuck that can of Pepsi?
The acidity from sodas is also hazardous to the enamel of teeth, destroying tooth enamel and leading to tooth decay, which can, in turn, lead to other potential health factors. So now, you’ve got weak, brittle bones, and teeth that are ready to fall out!
Is it still worth it?
Sadly, to many people, it just may be! The United States ranks in the highest overall consumption of soda beverages, with a whopping “fifteen ounces per day.” The Food Politics stated that “Americans consume 13.15 billion gallons of carbonated drinks every year.” Amazing, isn’t it?
Sodas? So, DUH!
After the facts are in, are the effects worth the risk to YOU? Depending on the individual, most people would rather not know the risk, because that would just make them responsible for the health issues at hand.
I’m hoping you aren’t one of these people.
Teri LaFaye is a teacher, a mentor, a writer, and an inspiration. She’s also the author of a published children’s book, written in a humorous rhyme theme that’s perfect for the child in your life — or the child in you! Please contact Teri at [email protected]
NewsTarget.com: The health effects of drinking soda – quotes from the experts.