Soft drinks taste good, can be refreshing and give us an energy boost, but they may wreak havoc on our bodies, especially our immune system. Most sodas are high in calories, high in sugar and low in nutrients. If soda may be harmful, why is America consuming so much? Besides being addictive, it is so easy to buy and tastes good.
Possible soft drink side-effects:
- Increase in blood pressure
- Risk of heart disease
- Behavioral changes
- Tooth decay
- Caffeine dependency
Most soft drinks contain:
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One theory why soft drinks may have adverse effects on our bodies is that the high concentration of fructose sweeteners and phosphoric acid may cause calcium loss and weaken our bones. Large quantities of fructose can also increase the levels of triglycerides in blood fat, which can lead to diabetes and possibly heart disease.
All soft drinks are acidic and, combined with their sugars, help to corrode and destroy our teeth. Since soft drinks are mainly composed of filtered water, artificial additives and refined sugar, they lack any nutritional value and only add calories to your diet.
Diet drinks – those with aspartame and other sweeteners – do not increase your caloric intake, but they can make you have food cravings, not to mention that the artificial sweeteners are anything but good for you. Everything you put into your body promotes a chemical reaction in your body.
Too many soft drinks can increase the risk of gastrointestinal distress (GI), which feels like a stomach ache. Another problem with sodas is that they can act as a dehydrating diuretic, which can inhibit natural digestion functions. And if you consume too much phosphoric acid, your kidneys can have a difficult time functioning well. Finally, the caffeine in soda can disturb sleep patterns by stimulating the nervous system.