Health hazards of soft drinks

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Although people often consume soft drinks for the caffeine lift that they provide, soft drinks of all types actually sap your energy.
Research has shown that soft drink consumption leads to health problems that include tooth decay, nutritional depletion, obesity, type-2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Most soft drinks contain a high amount of simple sugars. The USDA recommendation for daily sugar consumption is a maximum 10 teaspoons of added sugars. Many soft drinks contain this amount of sugar or more in a single serving! For example one can of Coke Classic contains 45 grams of sugar, or 11 teaspoons of sugar.

What’s wrong with sugar?
Why is consuming a lot of sugar not a good thing for your health? For one, it results in raised insulin levels and a destabilization of the body’s delicate mechanism for ushering glucose (sugar) to the cells for energy. Raised insulin levels can also lead to depression of the immune system. Plus excess sugar gets stored in the body as fat, often in the belly as an inflammatory agent. Plus studies have found that rats that are fed a high-sugar diet have a substantially elevated rate of breast cancer.

Is sugar-free the answer?
Although you may think that drinking sugar-free soft drinks is the answer, a study found that drinking one or more soft drinks a day, either regular or diet, led to a 30% greater chance of weight gain around the belly. Sugar free diet sodas are sweetened with artificial sweeteners that are linked with health hazards. Saccharin has been found to be carcinogenic and it produces bladder cancer in rats. Aspartame is a chemical that stimulates the brain to crave more sweets and leads to carbohydrate overindulgence.

The price to your health of bubbles
Beverages with bubbles contain phosphoric acid. All acids acidify the fluids of your body and brain, thereby depleting your blood calcium levels as the body tries to alkalize to the point of balance. When consumed long-term, soft drinks therefore contribute to osteoporosis. Adding in the caffeine that is contained in most soft drinks means more acid and overstimulation of the body’s central nervous system.