There are several carbonated soft drinks that have tons of sugar and other sweetening agents added to them in a large proportion. The latest research has strongly pointed towards these soft drinks leading to several problems in people mainly obesity, bones that are brittle and weak, caffeine addiction and other problems that deplete their health. They are also more prone to diabetes, osteoporosis, nutritional deficiencies, heart disease, and neurological malfunctions when compared to those who don’t have soft drinks often.
The other thing about soft drinks is the amount of caffeine that they contain. This in turn acts like a diuretic and depletes one’s body of water and makes you thirstier, in turn creating a vicious cycle. Moreover, these soft drinks termed sodas contain such a high amount of sugar. All of this makes it difficult for the person to fall asleep and relax as it makes them hyper active. Rather, every time that a person is thirsty, it is a good idea to reach out for milk, juice and water, which aren’t harmful for one’s body.
If you are in the habit of consuming soft drinks in large quantities then what you are adding your body with is a large amount of sugar and several other health problems. This behavior of reaching out for soft drinks, whenever you are hungry are going to affect you in more ways than you think possible. Also, these sugar laden beverages when given to children have a harmful effect on their health. It enhances their energy levels and then reduces the amount of nutrients that their bodies can take in. This in turn results in nutritional deficiency. In fact, the latest scientific survey has shown that only 1 to 1.5 liters of soft drinks a day can lead to several different kinds of health problems for the people who consume it.
What are soft drinks made up of
Sugar or Aspartame or Saccharin
When you subject your body to soft drinks, you pump it with plenty of caffeine that causes an inflow of energy. The sweetening agents along with the phosphoric acid and the fizz in soft drinks go on to create an imbalance in your body that is far from normal. These over a period of time go on to cause a great deal of diseases and overtime will be the direct cause of one getting several diseases and health concerns.
Phosphoric Acid in Soft Drinks
Phosphoric acid goes on to create an acid medium in the body and takes in carbon dioxide. The purpose of it is to allow the pressure to be reduced inside the bottle and it for to be capped easily in the manufacturing process.
Also, it ensures the release of the fizz more slowly when the soft drink is chilled. Phosphoric acid has a pungent sour taste to it and in order to overcome that there is the necessary of more sugar to be added to the soft drink. This in turn affects the body by depleting the amount of calcium that it contains. The Ca is excreted through urine and there is less of it in the blood. Phosphoric acid also affects the digestive system as there is less hydrochloric acid (HCI) secreted and this is needed for the digestion of proteins and fats and the absorption of minerals by the body. This in turn goes on to cause indigestion, bloating and flatulence. Iron is not absorbed by the body and results in anemia, and poor calcium absorption, enhancing the onset of osteoporosis. This in turn results in the formation of carcinogens in organs and blood.
Caffeine in Soft Drinks
Caffeine is a chemical that causes addiction and once you get used to it you need its stimulation to remain alert, overcome exhaustion and increase stamina.
The way caffeine works is by jamming adenosine which is neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. Adenosine works as a depressant in the brain, heart, and kidneys. This results in stimulation and constriction of the cerebral arteries. This goes on to result in rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, and excessive excretion of urine. Caffeine causes adrenaline to be set pumping in your body and an increase in blood sugar. The combination of caffeine sugar along with powerful advertising makes the soft drink seem something that you can’t resist. The taste is wonderful however; the impact on your health is harsh.
Sugar in Soft Drinks
Sugar causes blood sugar levels rise to untold proportions. This gives rise to insulin and goes on to unbalance the natural cycle. Eventually, this affects the pancreas and makes the cells opposed to insulin and the person gets a disease called diabetes. Too much of sugar in your body and there is less absorption of Vitamin C in the body. Gradually, this works in reducing the capability of white blood cells to wipe out bacteria that are entering the body every single second and this leads to constant infections. Sugar enhances the lifespan of harmful bacteria and yeast in the GI tract which results in painful and itchy infections and influx of infection in the blood and organs.
Aspartame, Saccharin, and Caramel Coloring
Aspartame is a sweetener that is added to almost every soft drink. When aspartame is taken in by human beings it is broken down into three chemicals namely aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol.
Aspartic acid is an excitotoxin that affects neurological functions seriously and can overwork the neurons to such an high level that they become sensitive and over a period of time destroyed. This can happen so gradually that the person never realizes it until it is too late. This sweetener called saccharin has proved to be carcinogen in animals. In the year 1978, the National Academy of Sciences published that saccharin is a possible cancer causing agent in humans, and enhances the impact of other carcinogenic effects. The Food and Drug Administration states that saccharin should not be used in food. However, it still continues to be used as a table sweetener. Caramel coloring that is developed by heating sugar has proved to have a negative genetic effect and a cancer causing agent.
Carbon Dioxide and Aluminum
Carbon dioxide is the least harmful in a soft drink from all the other harmful things that are added to it. It is a waste product in the human metabolism and exhaled. On the other hand, phosphoric acid continues to remain to high levels in the body and is considered to be a weight reduction product. This is liberally found in products called diet drinks or foods. Investigations have shown that aspartame causes migraines, dizziness and memory reduction.