What are the Long term Side effects of Drinking Soda?

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Drinking Soda has become one of the most popular drinks across the globe. It is a perfect accompaniment to burgers, french fries and various fast foods. Drinking Soda is made by mixing carbon dioxide, water, sugar, flavors and preservatives. They are available in several flavors. Drinking Soda has become one of the main contributor to today's obesity epidemic. The average American consumes  46 gallons of  Drinking Soda per year. Nowadays, sugarfree or diet Drinking Soda is gaining popularity among teenagers and young adults.  These are packed with non-nutritive sugar alternatives, and phosphoric acid that contributes to obesity, cancers, dementia and dental erosion and acidity. Diabetics must avoid Drinking Soda as it inhibits overall blood sugar control.



What is the history behind Drinking Soda?

In 1767, Doctor Joseph Priestley formulated carbonated water. Till the end of 18th century, carbonated water was not popular in America. In  1832, John Mathews invented an apparatus for making carbonated water. Later mass-manufactured Drinking Soda gained popularity.



What are the key constituents of Drinking Soda?

  • Carbonated Water: It is prepared by dissolving carbon dioxide in water. H2CO3 is the chemical composition of Carbonated water. It is also known as Carbonic Acid and has a mild acidic taste. Other edible acids are also added to Drinking Soda for extra crunch. 
  • Artificial Sweetner: High fructose corn syrup is used to sweeten Drinking Sodas. Artificial sweetener like aspartame is added in diet forms. Other sweeteners like acesulfame, neotame, and sucralose are also used in certain categories of Drinking Soda.
  • Flavors : Caffeine is used for its astringent taste. Glyceryl abietate and brominated vegetable oil are often included in Drinking Soda. Modified food starches and gums are also used as taste-enhancers.
  • Preservatives: Sodium Benzoate and Sodium Citrate helps to keep the pH level low.  Potassium Sorbate inhibits growth of fungi and yeasts in these frizzy drinks. 
  • Food Coloring: Caramel or burnt sugar are most widely-used food colorings . Fruit-flavored Drinking Soda get its color from Red 40.



What are Side-effects of Drinking Soda?

Harmful Effects On Bone and Teeth: Studies have proved that phosphorus present in Drinking Soda eliminates calcium from the bones and teeth. This makes them weak and brittle. Drinking Soda also increases the risk of "Osteoporosis".

Unwanted Toxins: Many individuals prefer to drink diet soda to avoid unwanted calories and sugar. However, they are unaware of the side-effects of artificial sweeteners. These harmful chemicals decrease the body's immunity, destroys nervous system and trigger herpes breakout. Besides, they also cause multiple sclerosis, vertigo, anxiety attacks, severe depression, memory loss,  blurred vision, abdominal spasms, Alzheimer's Disease, tinnitus, joint You do not have access to view this node and fibromyalgia.

Impaired Nervous System: Caffeine present in Drinking Soda causes fatigue, sleeplessness, irritability, high blood pressure, polyuria, gastrointestinal complication, irregular heartbeat and other side effects

Increased Blood Glucose Level and Diabetes: Drinking Soda  contains large amounts of sugar. Regular consumption of carbonated drinks increase the risk of type II diabetes. It may also increase the possibility of delivering preterm babies.

Obesity and Cardiovascular Diseases: high fructose corn syrup which accumulates abnormal fat and triglycerides in the body. Eventually, it increases the risk of heart diseases.

 Kidney and Liver Damage: diuretics and increases the urge to urinate frequently.



What are the healthy substitutes of Drinking Soda?

Nowadays, many healthy substitutes are easily available. Apart from water, fresh fruit juices, smoothies, and herbal teas are readily available in the market. These infusions can be enjoyed both hot and cold.

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