Fizzy drinks (cola and soda) when consumed in excess, added sugar in it can have disastrous effects on our health. Observations on sweetened liquids over the years in clinical research revealed that majority of the health related problems which have risen on alarming rate that even led to death of many could be due to consumption of excessive fizzy drinks.
Millions of gallons of soft beverages are consumed every day. These drinks piles up loads of sugars into our body, there by adding enormous amount of unwanted calories leading to severe health problems.
Soda is artificial sugar water with deficient in nutritional value. It leads to obesity and diabetes. But there are more disturbing facts, about what soda does to our body?. Beside side effects of sucralose like memory loss, here are the reasons you should immediately stop fizzy drinks.
SODA INCREASES THICK FAT AROUND LIVER AND SKELETAL MUSCLES
Researchers discovered that regular drinkers of non-diet soda increased fat around liver and skeletal muscles around them. This is a severe condition as it leads to insulin resistance and diabetes.
A study on regular soda drinker for 8 months saw
- a 140 to 152 percent jump in liver fat
- a 120 to 240 per cent increase in skeletal fat
- about a 40 % increase in both triglyceride blood fats and other organ fat
- Also, it led to a 11 % increase in cholesterol, comparatively with people who drank water or milk.
This data is about non-diet soda. Diet soda is not doing anything great either.
Even diet soda will make you pot belly. Health Science experts from the University of Texas closely experimented and supervised 300 adults for 5 years, and observed that those who drank diet soda had a dramatic 80 percent change in waist diameter, compared to people who didn’t drink diet soda or any soda. People who took 2 diet sodas everyday saw a 300 percent increase in waist circumference.
Intrigued by these facts, health science center experts conducted a separate test on mice and found that it was the aspartame, which raised blood glucose levels that caused the weight gain; when your liver encounters too much glucose, the excess is converted to body fat.
It Leads To Fast Aging
Both diet and regular colas have phosphoric acid, a weak acid that gives them their tangy flavor and improves their shelf life. Excess of phosphoric acid can lead to
- heart and kidney problems
- muscle loss, and
- may accelerate aging.
After tests it is proven that too much phosphate levels found in sodas caused lab rats to die a full 5 weeks earlier than the rats whose diets had more normal phosphate levels.
THE DANGERS OF DRINKING COLA
Cola is nothing but caramel coated drink that leads to cancer.
In 2013, many Public Interest Litigation petitions were filed with Supreme Court Of India and with India’s food safety and standards regulation (FSSAI), to ban Coca Cola . Unfortunately, Supreme Court declined to ban Coca-Cola and it’s Co. beverages, saying that the pesticides are present in the water used in the manufacturing and, hence, form a component of the drinks. The court said “soft drink bottles packaged or containers” may be ordered to have a declaration that “level of pesticide residue is well within the applicable standards”, as suggested by the Union government.
Cans carrying the beverages may have to carry a declaration that the level of pesticide residue is well within applicable standards.
It is to note that “Presence of pesticide residue in food and beverages is not prohibited as per the current standards laid down by the Food Safety and Standards (Contaminant, Toxins and Residues) as per Indian Regulations, 2011. Permissible quantity of pesticides such as arsenic and D.D.T are mentioned in the regulation. The rules currently permit pesticide to the tune of 1 part per billion (ppb) in edible products.
SERIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS
Artificial sweeteners are not digested in our bodies easily. Even wastewater-treatment plants do not catch them before they enter waterways. In a test, samples from wastewater-treatment plants, rivers and lakes in Switzerland have found components of acesulfame K, sucralose, and saccharin, all used in diet sodas. Birds, mistake the debris for food and eat large quantities of aluminum and plastics, which they can’t digest. Eventually leading them to starve and die. It’s estimated that thousands of sea animals and birds die eating debris every year.
Cans Are Dangerous
The cans are made up of aluminum and coated with an epoxy resin called bisphenol A (BPA), used to keep the acids in soda from reacting with the metal.
BPA is known to hamper hormones, and may cause obesity to diabetes and some forms of reproductive cancers or infertility. The most vulnerable are the restaurant, school, and fast-food meals, which are a major source of exposure to the chemical.
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