We all know that soft drinks consumption is still a controversial issue for public health and public policy. The modern-day soft drink, however, didn’t develop until the 18th century, when scientists started synthesising carbonated water — also known as soda water.
Soda word is derived from the sodium salts within the water. The salt in the beverages reduces the liquid’s acidity. Another name for soda water is seltzer. You all know that drinking too much soda is bad for you. Even diet drinks, which contain artificial sweeteners at the place of sugar, could still negatively impact on individual health. The high rate of soda consumption has been linked with several health problems including poor dental health, weight gain, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Your blood pressure will go up when you regularly take an excessive amount of sodium in your daily diet.
Regular colas contain the same sodium level which is present in both caffeinated and non-caffeinated varieties. 12 ounce can of cola gives you around 12 milligrams of sodium. 12 ounces of low-calorie caffeinated diet colas can give up to 24 milligrams of sodium. While non-caffeinated diet colas have about 12 milligrams of sodium as regular colas. 12 ounce of regular caffeinated pepper type soft drinks contains 36 milligrams of sodium. Caffeinated low-calorie soft drinks will give up to 60 milligrams of sodium, while non-caffeinated diet varieties contain around 12 milligrams per 12-ounce serving.
Potassium is another nutrient which is present in soft drinks. Like sodium and potassium exists naturally in drinking water and therefore, soft drinks.
Soft Drinks’ Impact on Health
Asthma is one of the main problems of the soda consumers. Sodium benzoate is used as a preservative in the sodas to control microbial growth. Potassium content can be reduced in the body when this preservative mixed with the diet. This increases the chances of asthma, eczema and rashes.
Dissolves Tooth Enamel
Fizzy drinks and beverages contain high reactive solvents, which when mixed with saliva and stomach digestive acids become acidic in nature. Fizzy drinks start effect immediately, in the next second of its consumption. Due to its fast and strong action, our mouth and teeth get affected. Each sip of fizzy drink damage the enamel of teeth by 2%. Consumption of fizzy drinks is not good for newborn baby because the skin in the mouth and oesophagus is sensitive and with this rash develops on the skin.
Soft drinks and all the beverages contain fructose syrup, which is responsible for increases the risk of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome elevates the risk of both diabetes and heart disease.
Few drinks and beverages contain phosphoric acid. The phosphoric acid is responsible for disturbing the digestive system and supportive organs.
Because of the high sugar and sodium content, it dehydrates the body and over a long period of time can cause chronic dehydration.
Diet sodas are high in sodium. Too much salt intake may increase the risk of osteoporosis by causing more calcium to be excreted in the urine. “Excessive consumption of soft drinks, which are high in phosphorus, can also deplete you of calcium and increase your chances of osteoporosis.”