There are two main ingredients in soda that are highly addictive, sugar and caffeine. These two ingredients alone can make you a slave to the product. The cycle is vicious. Both sugar and caffeine can dehydrate you, making you thirsty. So, when you drink soda to quench your thirst, the sugar and caffeine go to work, making you thirsty. You finish that one and grab another. Soon, you have racked up a lot of empty calories – and you’re still thirsty.
A teaspoon of sugar contains seven empty calories. That may not seem like much, but when you take into consideration the amount of sugar that is in the typical 20-ounce soda (67.5 grams – yes, one 20 ounce soda is 2.5 servings) it is pretty sobering. The sugar contained in one 20 ounce soda is the amount that should be around your daily limit. What’s more, sugar makes you thirstier, so you drink more sugary drinks. It also compromises your immune system, inhibiting the production of white blood cells. Most of all, it makes you fat. Your liver can only process so much sugar at a time, turning it into energy for the body. The left over sugar is stored as fat, the body’s way of saving energy for a rainy day.
Why you want more
You want more because two ingredients in sodas are highly addictive. Caffeine withdrawal a cause severe headaches, irritability, and other physical ailments. Sugar withdrawal is very similar. Once the body is addicted, it craves the substance. So, you keep coming back. And don’t think that you are fooling your system with artificial sweeteners. You aren’t. Your body knows the difference and will still rebel if you don’t give it real sugar. What’s more, if you are using a lot of artificial sweeteners, you aren’t teaching your body healthy eating habits. You will never get weaned off of sugar as long as you are dousing your food and drink in the artificial stuff.
The Water Issue
Your body needs water to perform vital functions. Soda is a liquid, but it is not water, and that is what you need. Many people erroneously think that soda causes breakouts. This is not true. It is the lack of water, the dehydration that is caused by sodas that can cause excess oiliness in the skin. The moisture of the skin is depleted, so the skin produces more oil to stay moist. This oil can lead to trapped dirt in the pores which lead to breakouts. This dehydration can also lead to bloating (in addition to the extra gas that the carbonation creates). Your body needs water, not sugary, fizzy, caustic fluids.
Caffeine is very addictive, and it dehydrates the body. In particular, it dries the skin. However, it can cause stomach upset and bloating. People who drink a lot of caffeine may notice all over fluid retention because caffeine causes fluid retention under the skin. This means that the person who drinks a lot of caffeine drinks may experience fluid retention in their hands, feet, ankles, arms and waistline. What’s more, it can cause sleep disturbances.
Caffeine is a mild stimulant that increases blood pressure and gives us a good kick. Caffeine has zero negative effects on human health when taken in moderation. Caffeine naturally speeds up the process of urine extraction leaving our bodies craving more liquid.
We often forget that salt is even in soda because we can’t taste it. There is a reason for this. Salt dehydrates the body. Which again leaves us unfulfilled in our quest to quench our thirst? Although the amount of salt found in soda is small, it still has a huge effect on our thirst systems. The fact that salty is even in soda is evidence that soda companies are not in the business of quenching our nations thirst. Salt is found in soda to keep us thirsty and keep us drinking more, which then results in us buying more.
Sugar is in soda for a few reasons. By nature it is addictive, so when we consume it our bodies crave more, and in the result, we drink more. Also, a most important reason why sugar is added is that it covers up the taste of salt. Why else would a 20 oz bottle of soda contain over 130 grams of sugar?
Does soda quench our thirst?
In theory yes, in reality, we are simply pouring liquid into a strainer. Our thirst can never, ever be quenched by drinking soda or sports drinks. The caffeine forces us to speed up the process of urine extraction, which results in a need for liquid. Salt dehydrates our bodies and leaves us loathing with the feeling of thirst that we wanted to exterminate in the first place. This can only lead to one action of drinking of more soda.
This same combination is used in sports drinks as well minus the caffeine. Sports drinks are incredibly sugary to cover up the salt that is present. Salt was originally put in sports drinks to replace the sodium and electrolytes that are lost while we sweat. If your body truly needs more sodium and sugar, then you will know. You may feel light-headed and completely fatigued. How often do everyday people like you and me get to that level of intensity while running on the treadmill or playing pick-up basketball? Ever wonder why there are over 70 grams of sugar (34 grams of sugar and 34 grams of carbs) in a 20oz bottle of popular sports drinks? It is not put there for our health. It is present to cover up the taste of the 270 mg of salt that is found there.
If you are “addicted” to soda, you are not alone. Millions of people across the globe drink massive amounts of soda every day. Just know that cutting soda out of the diet could have the single most dramatic impact on your body regarding weight loss and overall health as any other single act. Even more important than exercising. This will not be easy. Smokers who are addicted to the nicotine found in cigarettes say that quitting smoking was the hardest thing they have ever done. Breaking the addiction to soda (sugar and also caffeine for some people) is comparable. I am not kidding. Sugar is more addictive than most drugs.