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Soda - Why Should You Avoid It?

Dt. Priyanka Joshi 89% (90 ratings)
M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Pune  •  16 years experience
Soda - Why Should You Avoid It?

Despite them being sweet and tasty, there are no nutritional benefits of sodas whatsoever. Moreover, doctors from all over the globe have concluded that numerous health risks are linked to soda pop consumption. Here are a number of reasons to help you arrive at a more comprehensive understanding of the harmful effects of soda on your health:

1. It has been scientifically backed up that drinking sodas is absolutely pointless. Because sodas have been found to contain nothing but sugar and calories, there is really no reason why you should drink it. Further, even diet sodas have no particular nutritional value attached to them, despite the claim that they have zero to no calories.

2. The sugar content in soda often combines with bacteria present in your mouth to form certain types of acid. These, along with carbolic inherently present in carbonated sodas, work together to have a damaging influence on your teeth, leading to cavities and tooth decay.

3. Sodas have high amount of sugar, sodium & caffeine in it that can lead to dehydration.

4. Because of the presence of large amounts of high-fructose corn syrup, there is a greater risk of obesity. Furthermore, because of its high sugar content and its perverse effects on hormonal levels in the body, soda consumption is also associated with the development of type 2 diabetes, besides other complications like increased appetite and greater difficulty losing weight.

5. Soda consumption also tends to soften bone strength and contributes to lower bone density. The presence of caffeine and phosphorus in most sodas further increases the risk of acquiring disease such as osteoporosis.

Fortunately, there are tons of options which you can choose over soda pop. These alternative beverages will most naturally contain higher nutritional value and benefits. A few alternatives include:

a) Water

b) Milk

c) Fruit juice

d) Lemon water

e) Coconut water

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