Life After Soda

27 Jul

We’ve all heard time and time again, “Soda is bad for you. Don’t drink it.”  I always assumed this sentiment was only true about regular soda.  It’s loaded with sugar (and calories), and this is obviously not good for you.  Up until recently, I’d been drinking an average of one diet soda per day and not thinking too much of it.  I discovered that soda, even DIET soda, isn’t really good for you at all.  For one, a skinny girl HATES to be bloated.  It turns out that the carbonation in the soda can cause bloating and other gastrointestinal issues.  Also, soda can contribute to dehydration, heartburn, and increased blood pressure.  Another issue with soda, specifically diet soda, is the aspartame.  Even though it’s technically safe, there is a huge list of health issues attributed to aspartame. Since I started reading up on soda, I’ve been trying to stay away from it.  I’ve gone a couple weeks with only a soda here or there and it’s no longer part of my daily routine.

I’ve since switched my daily soda for water (since I wasn’t drinking nearly enough).  I think this change alone has made a great difference in my skin, bloating issues, and overall hydration. Let me be clear, I don’t think soda is evil and will still have a sip from time to time. I’m just a lot more aware of some of the potential consequences of drinking soda (especially on a daily basis).

Are you a soda drinker or anti-soda?  Do you ever think about the effects of soda?

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4 Responses to “Life After Soda”

  1. Amy @ Second City Randomness July 27, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    I tend to shy away from soda- though I’ll usually keep some on hand (mostly for a mixer when people come over and don’t have the same appreciation for club soda that I do- he he). I do drink Diet Coke on occasion, but I sort of look at it as an afternoon “treat”.

  2. ActiveEggplant July 27, 2010 at 6:59 pm #

    I can’t seem to stay away from Diet Sierra Mist. I don’t drink it every day – but will usually pick up a 2 liter once or twice a month. And I 100% don’t think about the effect it will have on me or my health (short or long term). Afterall, sometimes I just need something a little “more” than water.

  3. A Teenage Gourmet July 28, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    I hope you try the Attune bars, they’re really delicious!

  4. goldeygrad97 July 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    As a bariatric patient, I have generally banned carbonated drinks from my diet. The carbonation causes uncomfortable bloating, and my surgeon recommended giving up sodas completely. So, I haven’t had any in over a year, when I started the bariatric program – I used to drink 3 or 4 diet sodas a day. Now my addiction is water with 1/2 pack of the Walmart brand sugar free cherry limeade. YUM

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