Thanks to excessive advertising, soft drinks have remained the favorite drinks of youth for years. It is the common preference of people when they are looking out for something to quench their thirst, particularly in the scorching heat. Easy availability and reasonable cost of these drinks make it an easy option for people. While they are a good way to refresh yourself, regular consumption of soft drinks can take a toll on your health in many ways. Let us look at some of the flipsides of consuming them.
On an average, one serving of a soft drink may contain as much as 10 teaspoons of sugar. As you may already know, this much sugar spikes the insulin levels in our body to a level that it weakens the ability of our body to burn the deposited fat. Moreover, in the event of our body being in an active state, the surplus amount of glucose (which sugar breaks down to) is stored in fat cells.
High-fructose corn syrup
A plenty of soft drinks contain high-fructose corn syrup in their ingredients. According to many studies, its consumption has been directly linked with obesity and other health related problems.
Soda contains phosphoric acid, which interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium and can lead to osteoporosis, cavities and bone softening. Phosphoric Acid also interacts with stomach acid, slowing digestion and blocking nutrient absorption.
In diet sodas, aspartame is used as a substitute for sugar, and can actually be more harmful. It converts to methanol at warm temperatures and methanol breaks down to formaldehyde and formic acid. This links it to almost a hundred different health problems including seizures, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, diabetes, and emotional disorders.
The water used in soda may not be filtered and may contain chemicals like chlorine, fluoride and traces of heavy metals.
Swap your soft drink with a chilling glass of lime water to feel equally refreshed. Be healthy, stay nourished!