All you need to know about soft drink intake

All you need to know about soft drink intake

The act  of taking soft drinks everyday has become a routine for many people. Every food goes down with a soft drink which actually could cause many health issues. However, numerous studies have shown the negative health effects of soft drinks on your waistline and your teeth. Excess soft drinks intake however, has far more serious health risks than many of us may realize. Regular consumption of sugary drinks is linked to numerous health problems including diabetes, heart disease, asthma, COPD and obesity.

Let’s look at some of the health challenges one could get from taking soft drinks daily:

1. Excess soft drinks can cause a decline in kidney function.

2. It could increase diabetes risk.
High levels of sugar in soft drinks place a lot of stress on your pancreas, potentially leaving it unable to keep up with the body’s need for insulin. Drinking one or two sugary drinks per day increases your risk for type 2 diabetes by 25%.

3. Soft drinks dehydrate you.
Caffeine is a diuretic. Diuretics promote the production of urine, causing you to urinate more frequently.  When the body’s cells are dehydrated they have difficulty absorbing nutrients, and it also makes it more difficult for the body to eliminate waste.

4. Caramel coloring in soft drinks is linked to cancer.
The artificial brown coloring in colas is a chemical process, it is not made from caramelized sugar. It is made by reacting sugars with ammonia and sulfites under high pressure and temperatures.

5. Caramel coloring in soft drinks is linked to vascular issues.

6. Soft drinks increase obesity risk in children and adaults
Each additional soda or other sugary drink consumed per day increases the likelihood of a child becoming obese by about 60%. Sugary drinks are connected to other health problems for children as well.

7. Excess soft drinks increase heart disease
Each soft drink consumed per day increases the risk of heart disease by 20% .

8. Acid in soft drinks wear away dental enamel.

9. Soft drinks contain high amounts of sugar

10. Soft drink changes your metabolism.

11. Drinking more than one soft drink daily increases your risk for heart disease and metabolic syndrome.

In some special cases, soft drinks are prescribed for consumption to boost the sugar level of a person. However, it has been confirmed by many health practitioners that soft drinks intake should be reduced or stopped in order to have a healthy life.

Ikimat Salawu Yusuff

Ikimat is an author, a creative writer, a teacher, a public speaker and a mentor for teenage girls.

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