Soda is a carbonated beverage prepared by mixing together water, syrup, and carbon dioxide gas (which is responsible for creating bubbles in the drink) under high pressure. The first ever drinkable soda was made in 1767, by Dr. Joseph Priestley. Studies have found that excessive soda consumption can have adverse effects on the health. It can lead to numerous health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, poor dental health, etc.
Soda Nutritional Facts
The following table presents nutritional facts of various types of soda:
Soda: Not Good for Health
There are no vitamins, proteins, or fiber in soda. It has a high water and sugar content. Following are some of the reasons why you should avoid drinking soda:
- High Sugar Content: Excessive soda consumption can lead to too much sugar intake. This in turn will give rise to various health problems such as weight gain, high cholesterol and blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety, etc.
- High Caffeine Content: Caffeine in soda provides instant boost in energy; however, as the effect of caffeine fades away, you may start experiencing headaches, sleepiness, and fatigue. As a result you will find yourself drinking soda again. This eventually leads to addiction of soda, which will lead to stomachaches, irritability, restlessness, difficulty sleeping, etc.
- High Calorie Content: A can of regular soda may contain about 100-150 calories. When you drink a can of soda, you are taking empty calories as these calories are not mixed with any nutrients. The empty calories get directly infused in your blood which might increase blood sugar level and harm your health.
- Zero Nutritional Value: Soda completely lacks vitamins and minerals, and at the same time, it is laden with loads of sugar and caffeine, which are not at all beneficial for health. Long-term soda intake can give rise to vitamin and calcium deficiencies.
If you drink only one coke a day for a whole year, that means your body has stored 17 lbs of fat! Nearly half of all the people in the US drink soda everyday. This is one of the reasons, which has attributed to an epidemic of obesity across America. So, the next time you go out to buy soft drinks, think twice. Try replacing soda with plain old water instead.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.