The reasons to stop drinking soda are abundant. Whether you want to cut down on empty calories and added sugars, consume less artificial sweeteners, or even save money, ditching soda is a great place to start.
It is only bad
Soda doesn’t have any nutrition or health qualities. Regularly drinking sugary sodas can contribute to obesity, according to a 2006 article published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” Too much added sugar in your diet can lead to unhealthy weight gain, which puts you at a higher risk for Type 2 diabetes. Drinking large amounts of soda leaves less room in your diet for more nutrient-dense foods, the American Heart Association notes. This can leave you deficient in essential vitamins and minerals you need for good health
Why it is difficult to quit soda?
With the problems that can result from soda, why wouldn’t you want to quit, or at the very least cut down to 1 to 2 cans or glasses of soda per week? The reason many people cite is that it will be too hard because they have gotten addicted to the sweeter drink, or they are afraid of the caffeine withdrawal that is associated with quitting soda.
Switching is easier than quitting
While these are very real concerns and should be thought of prior to trying to quit soda altogether. Studies are showing that just quitting cold turkey often results in misery and jumping right back on to soda in very short order. However, quitting can be as simple as switching over to a flavorful and healthy alternative; tea. It is much easier to replace a habit, instead of stopping it.
Why tea is a better alternative?
The biggest reason to switch over to tea is to still have some flavor to your beverage. Aside from the relatively low caffeine content, your body processes tea primarily like water, meaning that you get the same hydration benefits as if you were drinking plain water. It is also important to realize that tea does have some caffeine in it, which can reduce the severity of the caffeine withdrawal that you may face from highly caffeinated sodas.
The one problem that a number of people will have when making the switch is the reduction in the sugar consumption that they often require in the middle of the day. To make up for this, a lot of people simply put sugar or an artificial sweetener into their tea until it reaches the level of sweetness that they are looking for.
To curb this desire, we recommend lightly sweetening tea until you find it palatable. After this, ideally you will want to start reducing the sweeteners until they are no longer a part of your beverage. If possible, we recommend using a natural sweetener like honey.