There’s nothing better than a cold glass of coke after almost any meal of the day. It could be pizza, it could be a burger, it could be anything; it doesn’t really matter! Coke after a really nice meal is just the kick; I think it might be a tradition (hahaha!).
However, even though that sugary, awesome drink makes our taste buds go to heaven, it does the complete opposite to our body and overall health.
Most sodas carry the same ingredients, except for the coloring and flavoring mixes; other than that, they all contain the worst things your body could ingest. Here’s a little breakdown:
Not only do the ingredients in soda have side effects, but also soda itself. Obesity, for example, soda contains such high amounts of sugar that it becomes extremely easy for your body to store it as fat. Not only that, but this type of drink can also increase the signs of premature aging.
When you consume sugar, your body produces AGEs. AGE stands for Advanced Glycation End products. This natural process of glycation causes the sugar in your bloodstream to attach to protein molecules. This process causes harmful new molecules that if accumulated, can damage adjacent proteins in a fast manner.
See? There’s not one positive consequence in drinking soda, which is why we must all avoid it at all cost. Yes, you have diet soda which is less harmful. However, if you’re in need of something sugary, why not make yourself a smoothie instead? That’s 100 calories of pure awesomeness you should put in your body.
Nonetheless, I completely understand how hard it is to change your eating habits; I’m currently working on giving up on a large amount of cheesecake I consume weekly. However, feel free to join me next time, as I give you a few tips on how I managed to change my diet, without feeling the need to “cheat”. It works, I pinky promise!!
Ashley Lied is a young writer, nutritionist and future full-time mother of three puppies. Keep on the lookout for the rest of her blog posts!