One of the most heavily promoted and "coolest" products around are soft drinks. Millions are spent on superstars advertising coke, pepsi and the like. We know they are not healthy but how damaging is that innocent - and many would say satisfying - can of coke to our health?
One main issue effecting the population of beverage consumers is that sugar or sweetener content of said soft drinks. Much research has been done to study the physical human-effect that drinking soft drinks with sugar (in the form of corn syrup or otherwise), and likewise the possible time-delayed effects this could have to the total and overall health of a human subject.
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Of course, that was soon followed by saccharin, then aspartame, then sucralose (branded as Splenda), all of which are supposed to be better for you than sugar and all of which, it turns out, cause some rather unpleasant "side effects" in a significant percentage of the population. Surprise, surprise. Obesity is another factor. In 1964, five per cent of children were considered obese, while today, that figure is 20 per cent and rising. The sugar in pop is believed to cause a hormonal response in the body which promotes weight gain, suggested a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
The reason why there is a link between soft drinks and obesity is that these drinks are full of empty calories. An empty calorie is one where there is no nutritional value. For example a chicken breast has calories, but they come from muscle building proteins. A soda is full of sugar so that is all you are putting into your system. Around 45 minutes after you have drunk the soft drink .Your body increases serotonin production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain - a physically identical response to that of heroin, but not as strong.
Researchers have found a correlation between drinking diet soda and the metabolic syndrome -- the collection of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes that include abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and blood glucose levels, and elevated blood pressure. Anything that promotes weight gain increases the risk of diabetes.
Drinking soda not only contributes to making people fat, but it also stresses the body's ability to process sugar. Never operate any kind of heavy machinery or even drive immediately after you try a new type of energy drink. On occasion, ingredients in these drinks will actually do the opposite of what they are supposed to do.
Diet soda is no better! Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. It is used because it's about 200 times sweeter than table sugar. So an easy way to improve your health is to stop drinking soda. Pure water is a much better for you, but if you must drink a carbonated beverage, try sparkling-mineral water.
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