Knowing “pops” are “sodas” in America, I still prefer the former because it is rather onomatopoeic. People in all ages love pops, and it is hard to tell what exactly do we like in particular about them – the refreshing feelings, possibly, but there are certainly many other things.
Let’s start with a seemingly simple question: what (on earth) are there in a can of pop? I assume the question to be simple because we drink pops often. Surely we can tell that there are sugars and water in them because all pops, despite the different “flavours,” are sweet liquid. We probably also know, from newspapers and other sources, that caffeine presents in pops. But what else are there in pops? Or, what are there in diet pops that give them the sweet taste? Those questions are not easy to answer, and it is rather frightening that we know rarely about the drink that is ubiquitous in our lives.
Then let’s talk about something we do know about – sugar.
From the nutrition label printed on each cans and bottles, we surely know (or are able to acknowledge) that nearly 40 grams of sugar is added to a can of, say, coke. However, how much, exactly, is 40 grams of sugar? Throwing the number 40 with a unit on most people is nothing but a vague term. However, a website called sugarstacks help us visualize those sugar.
The sugar in pops can lead to many health problems and concerns, such as weight gain and tooth decay. They coat teeth and tongue long after consumption. The coating breaks down enamel on teeth, making them more susceptible to rotting. (Click here to read more)
As people become more aware of the effect of sugar on our health, there comes the diet pops. However, many become addicted to those zero-calorie drink because caffeine is used as addictive in both regular and diet pops. For a can of coke, which contains 40 grams of sugar, roughly 35 milligrams of caffeine can also be traced. High levels of caffeine may also lead to dehydration. Other negative effects of caffeine include increased fatigue, depression, difficulty to concentrate, and becoming more irritable. Worst of all, caffeine is addictive, and many people experience headache from withdrawing the substance. (Click here to read more)
Other than caffeine, the rituals and the artificial sweeteners it contains can make people psychologically and physically addict to diet pops.
“You think, ‘Oh, I can drink another one because I’m not getting more calories,'” says Harold C. Urschel, MD, an addiction psychiatrist in Dallas and the author of Healing the Addicted Brain. “Psychologically you’re giving yourself permission.”
There are certainly much that you can do to avoid the concerns that pops arise, and realizing the negative effects of pops is a solid first step. Here I will present five reasons why you should stop drinking pops. (Please click here for details)
- Prevent Obesity and Other Diseases
- Reduce Risk of Osteoporosis
- Maintain Dental Health
- Avoid Kidney Stones
- Avert Effects of Caffeine
Here is a link to the video for visualization of sugar in pop if you think that the stacks of sugar are still not good enough.