Despite recent awareness about all the negative effects soda has on our health, it can be hard to resist a tall glass of ice-cold soda. According to JAMA Internal Medicine, regular consumption of soft drinks – both sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened – can have serious adverse health effects. Researchers found that consuming one or more soft drinks a day was linked to increased digestive diseases, while two or more sodas were linked to circulatory diseases.
Soda consumption can lead to weight gain, heightened chance of stroke, and the development of Type 2 diabetes. Caffeine can be highly addictive and habit-forming, so many people are wary of cutting soda out cold turkey.
How do we kick the soda habit?
Kicking the soda habit is easier said than done. Here are a few tips to try:
Giving soda up for a week or two may be easier and more manageable than going cold turkey. Breaking a goal down into smaller goals can make it seem less overwhelming.
Try soda alternatives. Sparkling water without sugar and sweeteners can be a healthy carbonated alternative. Try spicing up the water naturally by infusing it with fruit, cucumber, or fresh herbs. Tea is also a healthy choice.
Hydrate with H2O. Reach for a glass of water when the urge for soda strikes.
Save your health by cutting out soda from the diet and notice how much better you feel after giving up sodas.
Mullee A, Romaguera D, Pearson-Stuttard J, et al. Association Between Soft Drink Consumption and Mortality in 10 European Countries. JAMA Intern Med. Published online September 03, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.2478