Soft drinks - hard facts (page 1 of 2)
- Saturday, July 26 - 2003 at 19:23
Soft drinks are today's trend or much better, you can call them 'fashion' especially among the youth. Do you know that this colorful liquid does not do a bit good to you? Instead, they add up dangerous toxins to your body.
Scientific studies reveal that 1 to 1.5 liters of soft drinks a day can raise risks of numerous health problems, such as:
All soft drinks are acidic which corrodes the teeth by eroding its enamel.
The high amount of sugar consumed through soft drinks lead to the development of bacteria that attack the teeth thus aggravating dental problems.
People who drink three or more glasses of aerated drinks (gaseous drinks) daily have much higher chances of dental decay, fillings and teeth loss. Therefore, soft drinks contain acid and sugar that corrode and destroy the teeth in one shot.
Soft drinks are mainly composed of filtered H2O, artificial additives and refined sugar.
Thus, they lack nutritional value and only add up calories through their refined sugar; therefore, they make you gain weight.
But is shifting to "Diet Soft Drink" the solution?
The fact is that diet soft drinks contain aspartame (an artificial low-calorie sweetener). Although aspartame does not add up the calories it makes you feel hungrier and crave for food.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) no longer allows foods containing aspartame to be labeled as "weight reduction product ". Now it insists to label these products simply as "Diet Drink" or "Diet Food ".
Research also shows that aspartame causes migraines, dizziness and more over it reduces your memory.
Some people who are addicted to soft drinks deprive themselves from food until they become victims of malnutrition. Since gastrointestinal disturbance of these drinks lead to poor appetite thus surviving on soft drinks and little amount of food will cause malnutrition, retarded growth and other physiological problems.
Effect on Gastro-Intestinal System:
When you open the bottle of a soft drink, bubbles and fizz are immediately emitted out. This is due to phosphoric acid and carbon dioxide (CO2) content, which make these drinks highly acidic. The pH of soft drink ranges from 2.5-3.4 which generates a highly acidic environment in the stomach.
Throughout the digestive system, that starts from the mouth and ends up at the anus (liver, gallbladder and pancreas play the role of accessory organs) only the stomach can resist an acidic environment up to pH 2.0. But before the acidity of soft drink reaches the stomach it passes through all the other organs involved in the digestive system thus causing an abnormal acidic environment. Hence the linings of the mouth, pharynx and esophagus are highly sensitive to acids.
Also there is a very common practice of taking soft drinks when a person suffers from acidity or after having a heavy meal. However, this is wrong.
The phosphoric acid present in soft drink competes with the hydrochloric acid of the stomach and affects its functions. When the stomach becomes ineffective, food remains undigested causing indigestion, gassiness or bloating (swelling of stomach).
Thus people who are suffering from acidity should not be drinking soft drinks because actually it increases acidity further.
Effect on Kidneys:
Kidneys are less able to excrete phosphoric acid when it is in excess. Thus, there is extra work for kidney.
Soft drinks remove Calcium from the body, causing an excess amount of Calcium that tend to be deposited in kidney, resulting in nephrolithiasis (kidney stones).
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