Soda is garbage. Its the number one reason why kids in America are becoming fat arses. I read in an article that consuming one can of coke a day increases the chance of obesity by 60%. That means if you want to become a sumo wrestler, just drink 2 cans a day! Ive never heard of soda becoming a performance enhancing benefit…that is, unless you mix it with 12 mentos:)
Ken, I was just stating my opinion. There are no positives to drinking soda as you said. It doesn’t matter if it is diet or regular, still inferior to water. The carbonation leaches your bone density, and the sugar in regular coke will give you an insulin spike so large it will make you gain bodyfat at increadible rates. These two aspects are the main ones I remember reading about off the top of my head.
A football coach in high school told me that, say after lifting weights a person went and drank a mountain dew (he use that as example, so I assume coke/pepss/dr pepper would be same), then the lifting done would have basically been pointless due to the consumption of ‘pop’. Can anyone think of any reasoning to this. I too myself have always wondered why ‘pop’/soda is considered so damn bad to consume. Yea people break out the ‘its got loads of sugar’, calorie numbers, etc,but why are all of these things so bad.
I myself half-way gave up ‘pop’ 3 years ago. Now that summers here, I’ve had one here and there, but I won’t drink pop during season. I’ve gone on 6-7 month periods where I wouldnt consume pop,really I dont know why, word of mouth I suppose b/c of how people talk bad of pop, but again, I’ve always wanted to hear legitimate(detailed) reasons WHY.
Being in college, I could also throw out, how does pop compare to beer? Anyway, just some food for thought.
You would think drinking “Soda” along w/ taking 80-100g of supplements (ie. Creatine, protein supplements, ZMA, BCAA’s, Multi Vit’s,) daily the acid in Pop would guzzle the chemicals in the supplements one might take?
Just thinking out loud
I know what Coke can do to a car battery as far as cleaning your cables
Reasons why “Coke” is bad (I’m from Kentucky…everything is Coke whether it’s Coke, Pepsi, Sprite, or Dr. Pepper):
high fructose corn syrup is even worse than sugar: fructose has to be processed by the liver and appears to derange liver function in large amounts. It brings about insulin resistance quickly and is used to cause Type II Diabetes in lab rats (don’t worry about fruit…kinda self limiting due to bulk). Plenty of other reasons: http://www.mercola.com/2002/jan/5/fructose.htm
soda causes a huge dump of insulin. Insulin puts the body in fat storage mode. The body will not release fat with gobs of insulin circulating. Growth hormone and insulin are antagonistic…when one is circulating, the other is not. Crank up your sugar (followed by your insulin) post-workout with a high-carb recovery drink and…well, you can add.
lack of anything good. There is NOTHING in a soda can that is any good for you. There are no vitamins or minerals. There is no protein or fat…just lots of sugar. Even juice, which is also highly sugary (added sugar or not) has some vitamins.
Oh, but wait, there is that ascorbic acid (vitamin C) they add to make it seem healthy. Oh, sorry, that reacts with the preservative sodium benzoate to form benzene, a carcinogen: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4763528.stm
As velocegatto pointed out, soda is highly acidic. Most of the standard Western diet is already highly acidic, which explains why, even with one of the highest calcium intakes in the world, we have one of the highest rates of osteoporosis…it ain’t about calcium intake. It’s about calcium balance, which relates to acid-base balance. http://www.johnberardi.com/articles/nutrition/bases.htm
Get your calories from real food, with it’s natural vitamins and minerals. Get your hydration from water, tea, and coffee. Leave the soda for 4th of July (if you’re American), Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Nice post ski. Humans have this funny thing called intuition. They seem to think that modern technology makes food amongst other things much better. Technology really makes few things better, but it definately does not make food better for us.
Go to a museum and look at greek statues from back in the day…then compare that to the average population walking around nowadays. If you guys havent seen “Over The Hedge” which is a new animation here in America…you really need to see it. Really makes a mockery about how fat, discusting, and lazy poeple in general have become.
For post workout recovery drinks, I have found that most contain an fructose or aspartame or some type of artificial sugar. Reading the mercola article talks about the Maillard Reactions which “results in a decrease in protein quality and a toxicity of protein in the body.” So what would you guys offer or say would be an good recovery drink or food after an intense sprint day and a tempo day.
Soda isn’t that evil. It’s just carbs with no nutritional content. It’s not gonna make you fat if you drink a can or two a day. I used to drink it all the time and my bf% was low as hell. The insulin spike post-workout can actually be beneficial.
Can’t imagine pop being first choice for an after training drink (though I did it all the time when I was running). Also, the actual type of sugar often varies by area and even manufacturing date due to fluctuating prices of sugar vs fructose.
Just as an aside, I used to work with a CEO of a major pop company and he had a lawsuit against ADM for overcharging a fraction of a penny per pound for fructose-- 11 BILLION pounds of it! Somebody’s drinking a hell of a lot of pop out there!