“The dining table is looking so tastless. Where are the soft drinks?”
“Yewww!!! Who loves boring water? Give me a soft drink?”
These simple & easy-to-get phrases are enough to tell about our “blind” love for soft drink. With the people around the world consuming a large amount of soft drinks every year, it has become very important to evaluate how these drinks can influence health of a person. Research has showed that even moderate consumption of these drinks can be dangerous and hazardous. Here are the 10 reasons that why we should avoid them:
- The Sugar!:- A can of soft drink contains the equivalent of 5 to 6 tablespoons of sugar . This quantity of sugar, especially in form of liquid, skyrockets the blood sugar & causes an insulin reaction in our body . This not-so-huge can of soft drink can lead to diabetes or insulin resistance. According to a research, the companies of soft drinks are the largest user of sugar in the world.
2):- Lack of Nutrients:- Soft drinks are unnatural substances. There is completely no nutritional value in soft drinks. Here is a proof. Did you see any “Healthy” substance like vitamins etc in it?
3):-Phosphoric Acid :- These soft drinks contain phosphoric acid. It interferes with the ability of body to absorb calcium & can lead to osteoporosis, cavities & softening of bones. Moreover, phosphoric Acid interacts with stomach acid, slows digestion & blocks nutrient absorption as well.
4):- Artificial Sweeteners:- In “diet” or “no calorie” soft drinks, which are our very favourite and whom many overweight people call a “blessing”, Aspartame is used as substitute for sugar. It is actually be more harmful and hhelpin losing weight not at all. It os the reason of almost hundred of different health problems including emotional disorders, seizures, sclerosis, brain tumors, and diabetes. Aspartame converts to methanol at warm temperatures & methanol breaks down to formaldehyde & formic acid. Diet sodas/ soft drinks also increase the risk of metabolic syndrome. Thus, it causes belly fat, high blood sugar & raised cholesterol.
5). Caffeine:- Most of sodas/ soft drinks contain caffeine which is the main reason of irregular heartlumps, cancers, breast lumps, high blood pressure & many other problems.
6):- The Water:- The water which used in soda is just simple “unfiltered” tap water & it can contain chemicals like chlorine, fluoride & traces of heavy metals.
7):- Obesity:- Researchers at Harvard have recently linked soft drinks to obesity. Their study found out that 15 year olds who drank soft drink were more likely to be obese than those who didn’t, & for every serving of soft drink consumed daily, the risk of obesity increased 1.7 times.
8):-. Extra Fructose:- Soft drinks contain High Fructose Corn Syrup which of course comes from corn. Most of such corn has been genetically modified, & there are no long term studies which show the safety of genetically modified crops, as genetic modification of crops has been around only since 1990s. And also the process of making abovesaid syrup involves traces of mercury. Thus, it causes a variety of long term health problems.
- Dehydration:- Owing to the high sugar, sodium & caffeine content in soft drinks, they dehydrate the body & can also cause chronic dehydration for a long period of time
- Bad for the teeth:- Drinking soft drinks daily causes plaque to build up on the teeth & can lead to cavities & gum disease.
Healthy Alternatives to Soda
Those who are soft-drinkoholics it can be really difficult for them to at once just stop drinking it. Well, we understand this and have solution for them. Why not they try “healthy” alternatives of it? Here are some:-
1):- Squeeze your favourite fresh fruit. Pure it in a jar and add some fresh ginger root. Now shake it so very well. Have it.
2):- Take celery, cucumber, lemon (its juice), ginger, mint. Add them in blender and blend it with some water.
3):- In fresh carrot juice, add grapefruit juice. Shake well. Now have it.
4):- Add lemon (it’s juice) and mint leaves in a blender. Blend it with some water. Add salt according to your taste to make it bit sour.
So, for your ownself, stop having these hazadours soft drinks. Try something healthy.
(Without soft drinks) Happy healthy life! 🙂