5 reasons why you should cut down on Fizzy drinks.
We all know soda is something you should not be drinking on a daily basis. But for people that do not realise the negative effects of having a cold glass of coke, here are 5 things to consider before pouring a second glass.
Sugar, a lot of it.
A 355ml (12oz) Coke can contains 39g of sugar, that's around 9 ½ teaspoons. To put it in perspective, imagine putting 9 teaspoons of sugar in your morning coffee 😨!
The NHS recommends a daily sugar intake of 37g, so if you decide to indulge in a can of coke, at least you know now that one can is your daily sugar intake. In other words, that's a lot of sugar and it's probably best to give coke a miss.
If you drink any diet or zero sugar soda to avoid the high sugar content then I'm sorry to say that the alternatives can be as bad as the full sugar ones. The artificial sweeteners used to substitute the sugar are linked to a number of health problems such as diabetes, seizures, brain tumours, high blood sugar, and raised cholesterol.
The majority of sodas contain phosphoric acid, which affects your ability to absorb calcium, leading to bone softening. For any athletes out there, this would be a serious concern.
Phosphoric acid also interacts with your stomach acid making digestion less efficient, slowing or even blocking nutrient adsorption.
Lack of Nutrients
By lack of nutrients, I mean that there is literally ZERO nutrients in soda. To put it bluntly, soda is not a natural substance, we shouldn't be drinking it.
The high levels of caffeine in some sodas may lead to dehydration. Caffeine causes your body to excrete fluids due to it being a natural diuretic.
But of course I do not expect you to stop drinking fizzy drinks all together, you can still have a glass every now and them. I just wanted to point out some of the negatives of drinking them on a daily or weekly basis.
If you want to reduce your soda intake, take a look at our blog on infused water for some refreshing alternatives.