5 TOP SIDE EFFECTS OF SOFT DRINKS

How much soft drink do you take per day? The Question, “how much soft drink do you consume per day”, cannot be easily answered, as the consumption of soft drinks has become more addictive than smoking cigarette. There is no store where you will not see fridges packed with the devil in nice dressing called soft drinks.

Do you know that 79 percent of sugar-sweetened drinks sold in supermarkets Worldwide contain 6 to 7 teaspoons of sugar per 330ml can?

Someone will be wondering which soft drink exactly is being referred to. The bad news is, all of them including the ones with ingredient like lemonade contains large quantities of sugar, quantities enough to bring back a hypoglycaemic patient instantly. This is not hyperbole. You are free to carry out the experiment. Coca-Cola and Pepsi were found to each have 10.6g of sugar per 100ml (35g of sugar per 330ml). The World Health Organization (WHO) set a guideline limit, in 2002, that sugar should makes up less than 10% of total energy intake per day, with a recommendation that countries should aim to get it down as low as 5%. According to ‘actiononsugar.org’, it is estimated that 5% of total energy intake is equivalent to 25g of sugar per day.

The blood sugar of a healthy person fasting (no food for 8 hours) should be between 70 mg/dl to 99mg/dl. To help monitor sugar consumption, you can use this scale:

  • Children between 4 -5 years old should not consume more than 5 teaspoons of sugar per day.
  • Children 7 to 10 years should not have more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day.
  • Children 11 years and upwards should not have more than 7 teaspoons of free sugar per day.

Studies and research has shown that the following are the top side effects of soft drink to human health:

Diabetes and Obesity –

Excessive soft drink consumption is one of the leading cause of Diabetes and Obesity. Obesity is the root of diseases that affect heart, lungs, and kidney. Research has also proven that obesity may be a cause to trigger cancer cells. Similarly, patients with diabetes must never touch beverages like Coke or Pepsi since it increases level of sugar in blood by twofold. Non-diabetic persons should avoid these drinks in order to keep diabetes away.

Teeth and Bone Damage –

pH level of Coke or Pepsi is 3.2, which is quite high. The pH level decides the acidic nature of a liquid, with 1 being the most acidic. Hence these beverages are acidic in nature and can dissolve bones and enamels very quickly. To put into perspective, your average bowl cleaner has a pH between 1-3, and Water has a neutral pH level of 7.

Reproduction problems –

Research shows that cans of Coke or Pepsi are coated with chemicals that, with regular consumption, may lead to reproduction problems.

Kidney Failures –

The sweet sugar is definitely not the reason for a failing kidney but the artificial sweeteners are. Hence, consuming diet versions of Coca Cola or Pepsi have proved to produce more impairment than the sweet versions.

Effect Of Caffeine and Aspartame –

Caffeine is one of the secret components in drinks like coke and can make you unable to sleep. Aspartame, another component in certain soft drinks causes health defects ranging from headache, dizziness, mood changes, Alzheimer Disease, birth defects, diabetes, Gulf War Syndrome, attention deficit disorders, and Parkinson disease.

In summary, please try to consume more water and fresh fruits and less soft/artificial drinks; they are like poison without an antidote. Consult with your doctor and make sure you check your blood sugar twice a month to watch the level of sugar in your blood. Doing so can greatly reduce the chance of you being caught unaware by any of these disease.

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  • Emmanuel Essien

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    A Medical Doctor, Fine artist, arts curator,Writer.Partner with USGFX. Ambassador to docihealthcare.com. Brand Ambassador to Prosmetica skincare company.United Nations Volunteer.Basic Member of European society of cardiology

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