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Is SODA bad for our health?
1 Apr. 2014

sodaEverybody knows that human body consists of 70-75% of water and almost all the major systems of the body depend on it. It forms the basis of blood, gastric fluid, perspiration and urine, and is found in muscles, bones and fat. However, human body cannot store water and must have daily fresh supplies of it to perform metabolic processes. It is necessary to drink about 2 liters of water for feeling good and maintaining health. But are we doing it right? Or, it is better to say, are we drinking the right liquid? Tea, coffee, juices and soda are usually the drinks we replace water with. But are they as good? Let’s talk about soda.

For the beginning let’s see what is soda made of. It is clear that its main component is water, but besides water it also contains sugar and acids – citric, apple or orthophosphoric. Let’s look at every component separately.

One can of soda contains 13 teaspoons of sugar. Sugar is a pure carbohydrate that favors adipogenesis.  And everybody knows how it is difficult to get rid of unwanted fat depot. This infers that drinking soda leads to obesity and in some cases to such medical condition as diabetes.

Diet sodas so widely advertised today are none the better. Their manufacturers replace sugar with artificial sweeteners. Aspartame, saccharin and cyclamate have been the most commonly used artificial sweeteners. As far as they are synthetically derived, the sweeteners can cause allergy, which presently affects one third of the world population. In the body Aspartame breaks down to components, which further convert to formaldehyde and formic acid, which are known carcinogens.  Moreover, being 200 times sweeter than table sugar, their after taste only intensifies thirst perception.

Soda damages the liver. Its overconsumption puts you at risk of liver cirrhosis similar to that chronic alcoholics have.

In order to veil the consumption of not very wholesome acid, it is usually coded under letter E and mysterious accompanying figures. For example, citric acid is marked as E330, apple acid as E296 and orthophosphoric acid as E338. Acid in its turn is the bitterest enemy of tooth enamel and faithful companion of dental caries. Soda promotes tooth decay even better than candies. Orthophosphoric acid has a better dissolution index than other acids, but it is not a benefit. Any drink containing this kind of acid promotes fast calcium washing out of the osseous system. And this can result in weak bone tissue, fragility and brittleness of bones.
The soda water contains carbon dioxide.  The gas itself is harmless and serves only as a preservation agent, but it can be harmful to people with gastric or intestine disorders. For them it is better to hold back from soda consumption at all.drinking soda

Soft drinks also contain colorants, which are mainly synthetically derived. Natural colorants extracted from berries and vegetables are generally recognized as safe. Unfortunately, natural extracts are significantly more expensive than their synthetic counterparts. For the most part cheap materials are used in soda production and this is not good news.

To sum up, one shouldn’t overindulge in soda as it may cause negative consequences. Excess weight is not the worst thing soda overconsumption can lead too. Colitis, gastritis, heartburn, ulcer, allergy, osteoporosis, kidney stones, increase in blood pressure and heart disease are the unwanted medical disorders the drink can lead to. Research shows that drinking more than one soft drink a day is associated with increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome.

Do you want to water your mouth? Opt for healthier alternatives such as plain water or tea. Your body will thank you.

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