Originally posted by SpeakerofTruth
I don't buy it.I have a hell of a sugar intake..I am addicted to the stuff. I don't have diabetes or any heart problems. You cannot live without
glucose,which is sugar by the way.
It's not like you're going to develop diabetes tomorrow if you drink lots of soda today. The increase of sugar in the system, rather, the constant
intake of basic sugar, makes the body create more insulin (I think? It's a function of the liver and pancreas at any rate)... Over time, the organ
cannot create as much, and that is when diabetes and the like sets in.
And you're right - glucose is necessary. However, lots of foods (for example, carbohydrates) break down to glucose, or include glucose in the final
break down. Thus, having a constant intake of glucose is not necessary, nor is necessarily the best way of getting it. Remember that your body does
need other things besides glucose...
A quick study in biology would help to determine what the body needs to function.
In your OP, you were talking about Coca Cola. You didn't say it outright, but the use of it as a cleaner of blood is well known. Also, it's used to
clean engine blocks and car parts. (It breaks up grease really well.) I've also heard that it will disintegrate a penny if left in a glass of coke
overnight. However, I've never tested it.
The man-made sugars are no good. I'm curious to find out what effects these man-made sugars will have over time. In this 'anti-calorie' effort,
we're forgetting that our bodies require calories. (We're also forgetting that our bodies have not yet adapted, or at least fully adapted, to having
a constant and plentiful stock of food...)
Carbonation is no good. If I understood it correctly, the soda itself is an acid, which will break down the stomach lining over time. However, the
carbonation is how the soda delivers the caffine into the system faster...
I've decidedly quit all soda -- not in an effort to rid myself of sugar (I drink chocolate milk), nor caffine (coffee has become my best friend!),
but in an effort to get away from the carbonation. My stomach feels better, and I'm not having as many acid reflux problems.
I don't know that soda is necessarily more dangerous than smoking...
Smoking affects the mouth, esophagus and lungs. (Argue-ably the nose area, since the sense of smell is cut down drastically.) Overall, it affects the
body's ability to take in oxygen.. (a killer in its own rite)
Soda affects the mouth (my teeth will show proof), the throat, the esophagus and the stomach... I'd even wager that it affects ones intestines, but
I'm not sure. The acid breaks down cells (and enamel). There's also sodium in soda -- which causes water retention. (This is, of course, not
mentioning the fact that the sodium that is in the majority of foods is the 'bad' salt... that's a topic for another thread.)
However, we know
the long term effects of smoking... not of drinking soda. Guess we'll find out with time.. Methinks our generation are the
guinea pigs for the long-term effects of soda.. I'm not looking forward to the results.
[edit on 28-12-2006 by Diseria]