Soda drinks are the beverage of choice for millions of children and youngsters. The sweet taste, pleasant fizz and energizing jolt experienced with drinking soda make it really hard to resist.
According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005–2008, 50 percent of the U.S. population consumes sugar drinks on any given day, and 25 percent consumes more than one 12-ounce can of cola.
It would not be wrong to say that people are just addicted to soda. The addiction is such that without a can of their favorite soda, many people can’t even think of eating their lunch or dinner.
Although most of the ingredients in soda drinks are deemed safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there are many hidden dangers in them that can cause side effects. Anyone can suffer from the side effects, especially those who consume soda in excess on a regular basis. Familiarizing yourself with the possible side effects can help you make the right decision to quit your habit.
1. Harms Your Teeth
Most of the sodas available in the market contain added citric acid and sugar, which are not good for your teeth.
High intake of soda can damage the protective enamel covering on your teeth and also be harmful to dentin and composite fillings, ultimately leading to cavities. When combined with poor oral hygiene, the results can be disastrous.
Also, the sugar in soda can lead to tooth decay and bad breath.
A 2009 study published in the Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE B reports that excessive intake of soft drinks can cause complex dental consequences including dental erosion and caries.
This study provides tips to prevent dental erosion and cavities, such as limiting your intake of soft drinks, choosing low erosive soft drinks and not brushing your teeth within one hour of consuming acidic food.