Honestly, if you are thirsty and you have 2 choices – a glass of plain boring water and a sparkling lemon soda with some cool looking ice crystals, you are going to pick up the soda. But have you ever discovered how harmful can that most popular soda be to your health? You probably haven’t. Don’t worry, read below to enhance your knowledge and I’m sure you will eventually stop drinking.
- Soda has no nutritional value: It has absolutely no nutritional value. Soda is filled with sugar and calories and nothing else.” Even diet sodas — low to no calories and sugar — don’t have any redeeming virtues, nutritionally. Healthy drinks, on the other hand, have vitamins and minerals the body can use. Even plain water can re-hydrate your body without adding extra calories to your diet.
- Sugary sodas contribute to obesity and diabetes: Soda is loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener that has been linked to obesity. Soda consumption also has been linked to the development of type 2 diabetes, both due to its sugar content and its effects on the body’s hormones.
- Soda damages your teeth: The sugar in soda coats your teeth, combining with bacteria in your mouth to form acid. Both regular and diet soda also contain carbolic acid through carbonation. These acids work to weaken tooth enamel, causing cavities and tooth decay.
- Drinking soda can weaken your bones: Most sodas contain phosphorous and caffeine, agents that are believed to contribute to osteoporosis. Experts also worry that people consume soda in place of milk or other healthy drinks, depriving the bones of calcium.
Drink Water, Milk, Tea or Fresh fruit juice instead!
Eat Well. Live Well. Lavleen Kaur (Dietitian)