Many folks rely on soda for an energy boost when they are flagging – the combination of sugar and caffeine sure can open your eyes, but only for a short while before the inevitable crash.
Sodas also contain a lot of food dyes and preservatives that are known to affect your hormones. Unfortunately, diet sodas are no better because they rely on chemical sweeteners, the safety of which is questionable.
Plus, the empty calories in soda don’t make you feel full, so you are likely to overeat later. It’s better to get your caffeine from sources like coffee and tea, which also offer other health benefits. Sparkling water flavored with homemade fruit juice is a good alternative if it’s the bubbles you crave.