Without wasting a second let us jump to our today’s topic about the adverse effects of Soft Drinks on a human body.
Three main components are present in Soft Drinks like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Spirit etc. They are,
- Sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS),
- Phosphoric Acid,
- Colouring Agent.
Let us know them in details,
Sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
- Cheaper than regular sugar,
- Plenty of research that shows this to be worse than sugar,
- increases your risk of heart disease, makes it easier for you to gain weight and develop problems with the metabolism of fats and sugars. This results in problems such as high blood lipids (like cholesterol) and diabetes.
- A standard can of soda has 39 grams of sugar or HFCS (about 10 tsp ). Whereas the American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons (38 grams) for men. Children vary depending on their age and caloric needs, but range between 3-6 teaspoons (12 – 25 grams) per day. The World Health Organization has even lower recommendations!
- Lowers the pH in soda and makes it acidic, Usually present in higher concentration in the darker colas than the light-coloured ones,
- Average pH of Soft Drinks, (eg. Coke, Pepsi etc) is pH 3.4.
- The minute it makes contact with your teeth, it starts to weaken and dissolve the tooth enamel. This makes your teeth more vulnerable to decay and plaque formation. The same works for your bone too.
Our human body stops building bones at around the age of 30. After that it’ll be dissolving about 8-18% of the bones each year through the urine, depending on the acidity of the food intake (acidity does not depend on the taste of the food but on the ratio of potassium/ calcium/magnesium / etc. to phosphorus).
All the dissolved calcium compounds accumulate in the arteries, veins, skin tissue, and organs. This affects the functioning of the kidney (kidney stones).
- High intake of phosphorus is associated with kidney disease and damage, in populations with and without baseline kidney problems.
- An agent called 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) used to darken cola-type sodas,
- Research suggests that it is a potential human carcinogen and probably not something we should be ingesting on a regular basis.
Some people like to take cold soft drinks after each meal, guess what’s the impact? Our body has an optimum temperature of 37 degrees for the functioning of digestive enzymes. The temperature of cold soft drinks is much less than 37, sometimes quite close to 0. This will lower the effectiveness of the enzymes and put stress on the digestive system, digesting less food. In fact the food gets fermented. The fermented food produce bad smelling gases, decays and forms toxins, which are absorbed in the intestines, get circulated in the blood and is delivered to the whole body. This spread of toxins can lead to the development of various diseases. Think before you drink Coke or Pepsi or any another soft drinks.
Have you ever thought what you drink when you drink an aerated drink? You gulp down carbon dioxide, something that no sane person in the world would advise you to do. Few months ago, there was a competition in Delhi University “Who can drink the most Coke?”. The winner drank 8 bottles and died on the spot because too much carbon dioxide in the blood and not enough oxygen. From then on, the principal banned all soft drinks from the university canteen.
Someone put a broken tooth in a bottle of Pepsi and in 10 days it is dissolved! Teeth and bones are the only human organs that stay intact for years after death. Imagine what the drink must be doing to your delicate soft intestines and stomach lining!
PS. The content has nothing to do with commercial use other than Health fun-facts. Share it as much as you can, it would help a lot of people. It is taken from https://www.quora.com/Are-soft-drinks-such-as-Pepsi-and-Coca-Cola-injurious-to-health-If-yes-how