I hardly drink soda but only because I love water and fruits so it hasn't been much of a problem. I notice when my son eats out though that he loves to order Pepsi and it has never really bothered me because he doesn't have the opportunity to do it often at home and he guzzles a lot of water.
Yet the statistics which I found at Mercola.com regarding soda consumption are not at all encouraging. here are some tidbits
- One can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites.
- The average soda consumption among teenage males between ages 13 and 18 is three or more cans a day, and 10% drink seven or more cans a day.
- Of 13- to 18-year-old girls who drink the beverages, the average intake is more than two cans a day, and 10% of those teenagers drink more than five cans a day.
- For each additional daily serving of sugar-sweetened soft drink consumed during the nearly two-year study, the risk of obesity increased 1.6 times.
- There is a direct link between tooth decay and soft drinks.
- Animal studies demonstrate that, a common ingredient in soda, can deplete bones of calcium.
- A 1994 Harvard study of bone fractures in teenage athletes found a strong association between cola beverage consumption and bone fractures in 14-year-old girls.