Effects of Carbonated Drinks on a Person's Body
Soda. A multimillion-dollar part of the multibillion-dollar food industry. Soda can be quite refreshing, especially with the sweet taste, and crafty and creative advertising. To be frank, soda sells but before you buy your next can of a carbonated drink you may want to reconsider your choice. Here’s why.
Effects of Carbonated Drinks
To understand how carbonated beverages affect us we need to examine their composition. Let's look at a few reasons to ditch the pop.
Sugar: Soda is packed with sugar. This sole ingredient is often times related to its addictive properties. A can of soda has about 5 tbsp of sugar… Yep that’s a lot. Not to mention an average can of soda has about 200 to 300 calories. Not great for your waistline.
Artificial Sweeteners: These chemical sweeteners like aspartame are bad for you. They have been linked to several clinical disorders from emotional disorders to metabolic ones. Diet sodas too can affect your metabolism and insulin production or regulation.
Phosphoric Acid: Most sodas today contain phosphoric acid. They affect the body's ability to absorb calcium and can lead to bone disorders like osteoporosis and brittle teeth. Phosphoric acid also leads to digestive problems as it affects the digestive juices, and stomach lining by deteriorating it. This can cause the hydrochloric acid to come into contact with sensitive tissue causing problems from ulcers to reflux.
Caffeine: A lot of us can attest to our morning cuppa but caffeine is not only addictive, but has been linked to harmful disorders even cancer. Cutting this out isn’t a bad idea. Additionally, the high levels of sugar and caffeine causes rapid dehydration in our cells.
Zero Nutrition: The simple truth is that soda has no nutritional value. It might simply taste good, but the harm from drinking it outweighs the taste benefits, or any benefits whatsoever.
Try a simple lemonade with honey on a hot summer's day or coconut water as excellent alternatives to pop. Not to mention several nutrient benefits.
If you are suffering from digestive issues, don't reach for a soda. Here are a few herbs for digestion that may help:
As always, if you have any concerns do consult our doctors for more information. This is a cool video explaining how soda can effect you.