Soda contains no nutrients, and is high in calories and sugar. Studies show a
strong link between soda consumption and childhood obesity.
2. Soda suppresses the appetite so kids are less likely to eat nourishing foods.
Soda drinkers are less likely to get the recommended levels of vitamin A,
calcium, and magnesium.
3. Phosphorus, a common ingredient in soda, can deplete bones of calcium. Girls
who drink more soda are more prone to broken bones. Doctors are becoming
concerned about the health impact of carbonated beverage consumption on teenaged
4. Studies show a direct link between tooth decay and soda. Not only does the
sugar cause cavities, the acids in soda etch off tooth enamel. Acid can begin to
dissolve tooth enamel in only 20 minutes. Dentists are reporting complete loss
of the enamel on the front teeth in teenaged boys and girls who habitually drink
5. Caffeine is known to create physical dependence and upsets the normal balance
of neurochemistry in the developing brains of children. Caffeine stimulates the
adrenal gland without providing the nourishment it needs. In large amounts,
caffeine can lead to adrenal exhaustion, especially in children. Colas contain
35 to 38 milligrams of caffeine per 12-ounce can. Diet colas often contain a lot
more. A can of Pepsi One has about 56 milligrams of caffeine. Mountain Dew,
Mello Yellow, Sun Drop, Jolt, Barq's Root Beer, and Sunkist Orange soda all
contain caffeine. Sprite, 7-Up, ginger ale, and many brands of root beer are
6. Drinking a lot of soda every day can lead to blood sugar disorders, including
7. Aspartame, used in diet sodas, is a potent brain toxin and endocrine
8. Citric acid, often found in soda, may contain traces of MSG. MSG is another
potent brain toxin. The artificial flavors found in soda may also contain traces
9. Drinking sodas regularly can upset the fragile, acid-alkaline balance of the
stomach, creating a continuous acid environment. This prolonged acid environment
can lead to inflammation of the stomach and duodenal lining, which can be quite
10. Sodas act as dehydrating diuretics, much like tea, coffee and alcohol, and
can inhibit proper digestive function.