You probably already know that soda is bad for you, but do you know why? Here are five negative effects of soda that the office of your Wayne dentist, Jonathan D. Stone, D.M.D., thinks every soda drinker should know.
1. Drinking Soda Can Cause Weight Gain
Just because some types of soda say that they contain zero calories doesn't mean that you can drink them without fear of gaining weight. Numerous studies have shown a link between soda intake and weight gain and obesity, even among people who only drink soda in moderation.
2. Drinking Soda Can Lead to Insulin Resistance
The large amount of sugar in soda causes your blood sugar to skyrocket. Over time, the insulin in your body stops working as effectively, causing your body to make more of it. Even with elevated insulin levels, however, the body simply isn't able to process all of the excess sugar the way it once could.
3. Soda Can Be Addictive
Cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol aren't the only addictive substances you need to watch out for. When you drink soda, your body releases dopamine in the brain. Your body then begins to crave this chemical reaction, and will respond negatively when it doesn't get it.
4. Soda Can Ruin Your Dental Health
Soda attacks the teeth in two ways. First, the acids in the soda make the teeth susceptible to decay; then, the sugars invite bacteria to linger on the surface of the teeth. Both of these factors can greatly contribute to cavities, other oral health problems and extra trips to your Wayne dentist.
5. Soda Has Been Linked to Several Serious Health Conditions
Unfortunately, cavities aren't the only health problem you have to worry about when you consume soda, either. Researchers have linked soda and the ingredients in it with several serious health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack and cancer.
Whether you drink soda regularly or only occasionally, today is a good day to give up the sugary beverage altogether. With no nutritional benefits to offer and plenty of drawbacks to consider, drinking soda is one habit that you can feel good ditching all together.
Do you need help ditching the soda habit? Visit your Wayne dentist, Dr. Stone, for a thorough exam and cleaning as well as tips on how you can make your mouth as healthy as possible. Call to set up your appointment today.
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