Effects of Soda on the Body

Kanika Khara Mar 14, 2019
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Soda is an integral part of our diet, but most of us are unaware of the long-term effects it has on our body. Read on to know more about the same...
Soda, also termed as soft drink, coke, or fizzy drink, is a beverage consumed worldwide by people of all ages. In fact, if sources are to be believed, the US ranks 1st among countries in its consumption. Not only adults, but even kids and especially youth today have become addicted to it, without realizing the various effects it can have on their body.
In fact, nowadays, a meal is said to be incomplete unless it is served with soda. Hence, it has become a part and parcel of our life, and it is almost impossible for most of us to stop drinking it. But the truth is that soda is not a healthy drink, as it contains little to no vitamins, minerals, or other essential nutrients.
On the other hand, soda is loaded with some extremely unhealthy ingredients, like sugar, artificial sweeteners and flavorings, caffeine, phosphorus, preservatives, carbonic acid, and many more such harmful ingredients. Hence, it may cause various adverse effects on the body, which may eventually lead to severe ailments.

Effects on the Human Body

Phosphoric Acid

Phosphoric acid is one of the prime ingredients in most soft drinks, and, if consumed in excess, can cause reduction in calcium and magnesium levels in the body. These are two essential minerals in the body, and are important for maintaining a healthy heart rate, normal nerve and muscle function, strong bones, and blood clotting.
Hence, a deficiency in these two minerals can lead to various health ailments, such as tooth decay, osteoporosis, damaged arteries, etc.

Caffeine

Just like phosphorus, caffeine, in excess, is also responsible for leeching calcium from bones and causing heartbeat irregularities, severe anxiety, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain and stiffness, depression, etc. Though it's healthy when consumed moderately, mindlessly downing soda bottles causes an unhealthy concentration of an otherwise healthy substance.

Sugar

Needless to say, soda is loaded with sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS is known to have many adverse effects on the body, including elevated blood cholesterol and phosphorus levels, increased risk of heart diseases and diabetes, weight gain and morbid obesity, etc.
Sadly, even diet soda is not entirely healthy for our body, as it contains artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which can increase your cravings for sweets and junk foods.

Carbonic Acid

The pH of body fluids is around 7.4, which makes them slightly alkaline in nature. However, the pH of soda is around 2.5 or 3. Hence, too much consumption of soft drinks can affect the body's normal pH level, which can weaken the immune system and increase the risk of various ailments related to acidity, such as heartburn, acid peptic disease, and many more.
Soft drinks should be consumed in moderation. Since it does no benefit to our body other than satiating our taste buds, and in fact causes considerable harm, it is better that we should make healthy choices about our diet, and opt for clean, plain water, fresh fruit juice, or green tea instead of soda.
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