So, I went to the dentist this week, and there was a great display on their waiting room coffee table! It showed various common sodas and in front of it in a beaker was the actual amount of sugar in the drink. They had soda, vitamin water, gatorade, etc. Great visual. And so I’m taking that a step further and explaining why YOU SHOULDN’T DRINK DIET SODA EITHER.
The WI Dental Association has a pamphlet, and here are some interesting facts:
- a bottle of soda pop in the 50’s was 6.5 oz. Today 12 oz and 20 oz are common.
- a 64 oz. “Big Cup” has more than FIVE CANS of soda in it.
- there are NO nutritional value in soft drinks
- soda = cavities
- 20% of all 1 and 2 year old children drink soda! (yikes)
- teens drink 300% more soda than they did 20 years ago
- soft drink companies PAY high schools big bucks to offer their products
- sealants only protect tooth chewing surfaces, pop decay tends to occur where sealants can’t reach
Acid in pop and diet pop attacks the enamel on your teeth. The “attack” lasts 20 min. after one sip of soda. Ongoing attacks weaken your tooth enamel. And if your gum line has receded, acid does more damage below the gum line than above it.
Finally, do you know your body cannot tell sugar from an artificial sweetener? Often, hormonal and insulin levels spike eating a sweet tasting treat the same way it would a sugar laden one. (Don’t believe me? See this article.)
If you remove all processed sugar from your diet for 3 weeks, you’ll realize that an apple tastes sweet. And the stuff you’ve been eating tastes too sweet. You can re-train your taste buds to require and like less sugar. Getting rid of sports drinks and soda is a good first step.
Here is the sugar content and acid content of water, and various sodas:
So, my advice here is easy: drink water, unsweetened tea or small amounts of coffee. That’s it. Your teeth and the scale will thank you.
original publication date 2013, reviewed annually