Could an addiction to colas and other sugary, carbonated drinks be the reason that you are gaining weight? The answer is yes! Many people think that drinking just one small can of cola a day won’t harm your health, but the truth is that there is not a surer path towards developing a metabolic disorder or doing permanent damage to your endocrine system if you insist on secretly drinking these beverages.

Cola Addiction Is A Stealthy Sugar Addiction

coke-and-sugar-cube-image-2Most people indulge in these drinks while eating junk food or for a quick lift in mood and energy. The problem is that it is very easy to become dependent on a daily cola or six to feel well.

If you are addicted to cola drinks that you are probably addicted to sugar. Sugar as you may or may not know is considered to be an empty calorie. It provides tons of calories with no nutritional value and numerous studies have proven a link between obesity and cola drinkers in the United States. In fact if you drink a cola a day you are also setting yourself up to develop a nice case of Type 2 Diabetes as the high fructose corn syrup in each eight ounce serving contains a whopping 16 tablespoons of sugar.

Let’s take the most popular soft drink in the world, Coca Cola, as a nutritional example.

One eight ounce serving of Coca Cola Classic contains 140 calories, most of it from high fructose corn syrup and caffeine. That caffeine helps speed that sugar to your intestines and pancreas causing blood sugar spikes and crashes. These sugar crashes cause a craving for more cola, which provides yet another quick fix to get a sugar high. This is why so many people who drink colas often drink several a day. They are addicted to the sugar in the beverage. Many overweight individuals don’t like to admit it but they consume way more cola a day than just eight ounces. Many drink at least three to four servings a day. Four servings adds an additional 560 calories to your diet a day. This a great way to gain five pounds a month.

Drinking Diet Colas Is Not Much Better

Are you any better off drinking Diet Coca Cola? If you look at the ingredients on a can of Diet Coke you will see that aspartame has been added to the mix as a sugar free substitute. Aspartame is a known neuro-toxin and hormone disruptor that causes obesity, Type II Diabetes (due to the body interpreting it as sugar anyway), headaches and all-over body inflammation.

Stay Away From These Three Toxic Cola Ingredients

No matter what brand of cola you are drinking most have three ingredients that are harmful to human health

  1. Sweeteners. Sugar in soft drinks (including non-cola drinks) increases weight gain and also the incidence of dental cavities. Non-caloric sweeteners such as saccharin and aspartame can also have undesirable side-effects such as headaches, mouth ulcers and gas.
  1. Caffeine. This poor man’s “upper” is added specifically to cola drinks. It is a diuretic and can elevate blood pressure. It has been suggested that caffeine is linked to heart attacks, strokes and the development of rheumatoid arthritis. If you are already on a stimulant weight loss supplement you could be asking for trouble.
  1. Phosphoric acid. This acid is typically only used in cola drinks, which

are very acidic (low pH) compared to other soft drinks. This can increase the rate of enamel loss from teeth. Phosphates in general cause decalcification of bone tissue, accelerating the process of osteoporosis.

Obviously if you care about your health and you want to lose weight then one of your first steps should be to stop drinking cola drinks. It is estimated that you can lose 15 pounds in one month simply by cutting all sugary, carbonated drinks from your diet!

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