The Hard Word on Soft Drink

One of the reasons that Australia is in the grip of an obesity epidemic is due to our increased consumption of soft drinks.  Soft drink used to be a ‘treat’ to have on special occasions, but now it seems most of us are drinking it on a daily basis – and when you consider that soft drink is nothing but carbonated sugar water and totally devoid of any nutritional value, then it’s no wonder obesity and diabetes rates are on the rise.  A recent news article stated that the average Australian is now consuming 100 litres per year, and this is not only causing increasing waistlines but also an explosion in tooth decay (which I am sure dentists are very happy about!)  Read more here:

It’s not just the excess calories and cavities that soft drink consumption causes:  there are many other reasons why it should be avoided.  These include:

  • Accelerating the Ageing Process:  No matter if you drink diet or regular Coke, all colas contain phosphoric acid, which is an additive that gives colas their tangy flavor and improved shelf life.  Too much phosphoric acid can lead to heart and kidney problems, muscle loss, and osteoporosis, and one study suggests it could trigger accelerated ageing. This was proven in a study where lab rats who had higher than average phosphoric acid levels died a full 5-weeks earlier than those with normal levels.
  • Increasing fat levels around vital organs:  Danish researchers discovered that drinking non-diet soda leads to dramatic increases in fat buildup around your liver and skeletal muscles, both of which can contribute to insulin resistance and diabetes. The study revealed that people who drank a regular soda every day for six months saw a 132 to 142 percent increase in liver fat, a 117 to 221 percent jump in skeletal fat, and about a 30 percent increase in both triglyceride blood fats and other organ fat – scary!  
  • Diet Soft Drink Belly:  It’s not surprising that drinking all the sugar in soft drinks would cause weight gain, but what is surprising is that even diet soft drink will pack on the kilos:  Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center monitored 475 adults for 10 years, and found that those who drank artificially sweetened soft drink had a 70 percent increase in waist circumference over the 10-year study, compared with those who didn’t drink any soft drink. Those who drank more than two diet fizzy drinks per day saw a 500 percent waist expansion!

So what should you drink instead?  Why water of course!  We are fortunate enough to live in a country where we can drink water straight from the tap:  it’s free, clean and the BEST thirst-quencher for your body.  At The Natural Way, we are big fans of water:  it is your best ‘internal’ cleanser.  It promotes toxin removal from the system, ensures a healthy kidney function, and important in the weight loss process to keep you feeling ‘full’ while aiding in the process of reducing fat cells in size and number.  So do yourself a favour and aim to drink at least 8 glasses a day – your body will thank you for it.

The Natural Way has been helping their clients lose weight for over 30 years with their unique program which incorporates balancing the body with our own natural formulations, private weekly consultations, a variety of family-friendly eating plans and education on maintenance so the lost weight is never regained.  Call us today on 1300SLIMMER (1300754663) and make a FREE appointment to find out more about how we can help you to get back the body you want – your dream body is only a call away.

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About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way. We have 24 clinics nationally that help people to lose weight & educate on how to keep it off.
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One Response to The Hard Word on Soft Drink

  1. Just after I wrote this blog, I found a great article about a lady giving up her 20-year addiction to diet soft drink. Read more here:

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