Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Can Too Much Cola Be Causing Kidney Problems?
You have undoubtedly heard that drinking too much soda (diet or otherwise) can cause obesity and/or diabetes. Now, new research finds that drinking too many colas can not only leech the calcium out of your bones but can cause kidney damage and renal failure.
A team of scientists from the National Institutes of Health studied over 900 people to see what the effect of drinking two or more colas per day would have— whether artificially sweetened or regular — would have on kidney disease. They published their findings in the journal Epidemiology and claimed that people who drank two or more colas (as opposed to other soft drinks) had a twofold chance of developing kidney disease. New York Times: Cola and Kidney Problems
A Cola Alternative
Green tea has recently become well-known for its health benefits. All the teas offer health benefits in varying degrees. Green tea is known to increase your metabolism and increase the oxidation of fat.
That means instead of putting on pounds with your cola you will be taking off pounds with your tea. And if you drink oolong tea you will burn even more fat than you will with green tea.
Drinking tea will also help you to not feel so hungry between meals. And in addition to its weight-loss benefits, tea can also help you fight against a host of other diseases, including cancer and heart disease.
The antioxidants in tea, found most concentrated in white tea and green tea, are proven in some studies to actually fight the growth of cancer in the body. And tea lowers the amount of cortisol, the stress hormone, in the body.
That will help you ward off heart disease along with the effects of drinking tea on lowering your bad cholesterol and lessening the damage done to your body by hardening of the arteries.
If you like a little sweetness in your tea and are looking for a safe sugar alternative, there are several to choose from. Agave nectar, Stevia leaf, Xylitol, Luo Han Guo and Erythritol are a few of these. Most of them are low or zero calories without the many dangers of Sucralose/Splenda and Nutrasweet/Equal. Click on the follwing link to read my post on Sugar Substitutes And Your Health