Ever wonder why every time you drink a soda, you want more? And as you drink them, you want them more frequently and soon cannot seem to control yourself? Turns out it is not just your taste buds that crave soft drinks; your body starts depending on soda! Your brain chemistry and the history of addictive behaviors play a massive role in it!
When you drink a bottle of soda, your brain releases dopamine. Dopamine is known as the feel-good hormone and is an essential part of your brain's reward system. However, like an addictive drug, every time you pop a soda, the effect becomes lesser than the last time. And to cater for that, your body demands more of it and, in the end, leaves you depending on it for your fix of dopamine. Here are reasons why soda dependency can be worse than you think:
1. Excessive Sugar
A single 350ml can of a cold drink contains 33 grams of sugar that are almost 9.5 teaspoons. This is way above the recommended amount that is 6 teaspoons for women and 9 for men. This can lead to a lot of weight gain that can be very demoralizing.
2. More Risk Of Diabetes
Soft drinks are linked to type-2 diabetes by several types of research. Based on surveys and studies, people who consume one or more cans of sodas per day are at a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who rarely consume them.
3. More Risk Of Heart Diseases
The amount of sugar in a can of a soft drink and the metabolic effects of fructose can increase the risk of heart disease by a significant amount. 90,000 women over the age of eight years were tested, and it was found out that a can of sugary drinks increased the risk of heart attack or disease by 40%.
4. Weakens Bones
Fizzy drinks contain a high amount of phosphate. Phosphorous is a very essential component of the bone, and phosphate is mainly built of it. But if your body has more phosphorous than calcium, it can lead to bone loss.
5. It Can Lead To Cancer
As much as this seems far-fetched, it is not. Many studies have correlated the excessive consumption of sodas or soft drinks with pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancer!
The brain's chemistry is complicated and individual, and not everyone experiences as strong an addiction as others. Have you ever felt like you could not let go of sodas? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!
This entry was posted in Life Tips by Leah Weinstock