Soda Pop Sabotage
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Written By South Centre Chiropractic Clinic & Summerside Chiropractic on December 19, 2016
Liquid calories are the easiest way to put on weight. They give no sense of fullness to stop you from eating more calories. The sugar is absorbed very quickly which causes insulin spikes that make one lethargic (slows BMR) and puts your hormones on "store food as fat" mode.
Even when 0 calorie drinks are consumed by obese or overweight people the appetite hormones are stimulated so that you are more hungry for solid food calories than you otherwise would have been. This hormonal effect is not seen in normal weight people (which is so unfair!). That's why the research can be both ways on this fact. It depends on the type of person being studied.
There's third reason to not drink soda if it's brown in colour (coke, rootbeer, or pepsi). The chemical that gives those soda's their colour is called 4-methylimidazole or 4-Mel. 4-Mel is a carcinogen but you won't find it listed with it's proper chemical name. They affectionately call this carcinogen "Caramel Coloring". That sounds so much nicer doesn't it.
Alternatives for that fizz abound. There are carbonated waters that taste great on their own or with a twist of lemon or lime. Better yet and better for the environment are products like Soda Stream that allow you to carbonate at home with tap water. Make a change for the better, for you and for the environment.
Personally, I drink tap water poured through a carbon filter and stored in the fridge. Add some ice and a squeeze of lemon for a refreshing, cheap, healthy and good for the environment beverage.
(Feb 27, 2014)