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Soda: What About It?

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Most of us know of the chilly, refreshing, sugary drink known as the wonderful, magical, mystical soda! Now some of you may know that some people aren't allowed to drink soda. A lot of you may be wondering why. Well I am here, (yeah, me, Kerrime), to report on this caffeine-filled wonder.

There are many reasons why people can't drink soda. Some of the reasons are:

-- Soda can actually make you obese or overweight. Drinking one can a day can add 1 pound a month to your overall weight. If you get too addicted to it, you may drink more cans per say, and add more pounds to your weight. Just one 12 ounce can of soda has as much as 13 teaspoons of sugar. Fact: Diet Sodas can cause even more obesity than regular soda.

-- Soda can damage your liver, an organ in your body located right below your rib. Scientists think that the amounts of sodium may be the cause.

-- Your teeth need milk to stay strong and healthy -- not soda. Soda dissolves tooth enamel. Researches say that soft drinks cause doubling or tripling tooth decay.

But does soda have an upside? Kind of, yes. In many beauty pageants, to keep contestants going, the parents have them drink a lot of soda.

Soda has caffeine in it, which makes us humans go wild. Caffeine speeds up the brain and makes us more alert. This can make your heart beat faster. The liver will release sugar into your bloodstream for extra energy, so that you have that "WOW" feeling. Soda also tastes good. That is what makes it very addicting. After a lot of hard work, a cool glass of Dr. Pepper might cool you down a bit and then get you hyper and back to work. Soda can also help settle an upset stomach.

In 1667, the first official "soft drink" was invented. It was not much like our soda here today. It was made out of water and lemon juice sweetened with honey. Not very much like our soda here today, is it? In 1767, the first carbonated water was made by Joseph Priestly. In 1832, soda became much more popular in America. In the late 1800's, more popular brands were made. In 1885, Dr. Pepper was made by Charles Alderton. In 1886, Coca-Cola was made by John Stith Pemberton, a pharmacist. In the 1890's Pepsi Cola was invented by Caleb Bradham.

I hope you found this article as interesting and as informing as I did! I'm going to go throw away my soda cans and pull out a nice glass of water. This article was inspired as I was drinking a glass of Dr. Pepper.

Author's Note: Sources: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_caffeine_do_to_the_brain

I hope you all enjoyed my article, I worked very hard on it. Have a nice night everybody!


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