Why is soda pop poison? Well anything can be a poison to your body, in a large enough concentration. Eat too much salt - you die. Drink too much water - you die (of water intoxication).
What is wrong with soda? It is a calorie overdose - and a carbohydrate overdose - the worst kind, too. High Fructose Corn Syrup.
I was at the dollar store the other day, and I was thirsty - forgetting to bring my water bottle that I usually have (filled with iced tap water, thank you, it's free). So I thought I would buy a water. But all they had was soda pop, and this Mello Yello seemed the least noxious of the group.
One swig of this vile stuff and I nearly spit up. The two main ingredients are water and high-fructose corn syrup. This 20-ounce (!) bottle, which is a "single serving" has a whopping 290 calories. That's 14.5% of your daily caloric intake.
Is that a lot? Yea, it is. You see, out of that 2000 calories, you need to allocate for breakfast (about 450 calories), Lunch (about 650 Calories) and Dinner (about 700 calories), which comes to about 1800 calories. This leaves you a little leeway for a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack (100 calories each) which brings you up to 2000 calories a day.
290 extra? Well that puts you over the limit. How much? A lot. If you consume 100 calories a day in excess of your burn rate, over a period of a month, you will gain a pound. 290 calories? You will gain three.
Sometimes it is good to remember these things - and realize why I gave up soda pop for water, a long time ago. It is the ultimate "empty calories" and is horribly bad for you - and the No. 1 reason people are turning into Zeppelins these days.