Soda is harder on the teeth. It doubles to triples the chance of tooth decay by attacking teeth with both sugar and acid. Soda’s impact on teeth is a proven fact – just put a tooth in a cup of soda and see what happens over a day and a week. Its impact on organs is a little less established. There are reports that soda causes kidney damage by causing kidney stones when the calcium from bones counteract the acidity in soda. The calcium tries leaves the body in the form of urine and results in kidney stones. Reports also show a twofold increase in the risk of kidney disease by habitual soda drinkers. There are also studies that show an increased risk of liver cirrhosis.
So I guess given all this, maybe soda hits teeth and organs pretty hard. Sounds like something to avoid, either way.
According to emedexpert.com (see the first URL), two, 12-ounce cans of soda a day can increase the risk of cavities by 179%. The same amount of cola is linked to a two-fold risk of kidney disease. The short answer is that it’s incredibly bad for both, and it’s difficult to measure which one’s worse, because both are incredibly bad.
I think it’s harsher on teeth. Our stomach is used to acidic environments with our own natural stomach acid. Many dentists compare soda to battery acid! Teeth immersed in soda for 48 hours lost 5% of their weight (link 1). Oh and FYI, don’t brush your teeth after drinking soda. Soda softens the enamel and brushing can scratch your teeth. If you want to minimize damage, chew gum. Increased saliva production helps with the effects from the soda.
Check out these before and after photos of a tooth immersed in cola for a month. The experiment continues for over a year and is very disturbing! See second link for more photos.
As far as the organs go (http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20091102/diet-sodas-hard-on-the-kidneys) diet soda is found to be damaging to the heart and kidneys. Notice I specify diet. It’s due to the artificial sweeteners. “Women who drank two or more diet sodas a day had a 30% drop in a measure of kidney function during the lengthy study follow-up, according to research presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology in San Diego.” Most of the damage of regular soda seems to be because of the increased calories and sugar intake. It leads to weight gain, which further leads to diabetes and heart disease.
My option based on this research – everything in moderation!
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