For what seems like ages now, people have been debating about the effect soft drinks on one’s body. Every other day there is report highlighting the detrimental effect of these soft drinks. People have even gone to extent of posting videos of using Coke and Pepsi as toilet cleaners. But, has that deterred the sales to these soft drinks? The answer is a clear no. Be it a wearisome day at office, a trip to the supermarket in the afternoon or coming back home after an hour at the gym. A soft drinkseems to work like magic in refreshing the body instantly, right?Whatever be the consequences, the magic of the fizz is above all. Talking by numbers, about 90% of moderate income population of India prefers soft drinks like Coca Cola or Pepsi after a tiring day. This is where we are all falling prey to the allure and going wrong.
So, what is the soft drink anyway?
Coca Cola (more famously Coke) and Pepsi are nothing but sugar or artificially sweetened sodas with color. It does not end there, these sodas get their color from artificial colors which are equally unhealthy. The trend of having these beverages has increased in recent years with the introduction of the Diet versions. Though, these claim to have no added sugar which keeps a check on the weight factor, the other health effects cannot be overlooked. As per surveys, there has been an exponential increase of consumption of these drinks amongst teenagers and women.
In this article, we aim to get our readers acquainted with top 6 Harmful Effects of Drinking Coca Cola and Pepsi.
Caffeine, Sugar and Aspartame:
Caffeine, Sugar and Aspartame are invariably present in these sweetened soft drinks. Coca Cola and Pepsi have been under legal scrutiny in some of the developed countries against the use of Aspartame which as a side effect causes several diseases. Children, especially, should be strictly restricted from consuming any products containing Aspartame due to its adverse side effects. Additionally, the caffeine and sugar in these soft drinks are highly addictive, that is, they induce a longing when they soft drinks are not taken or taken less. These also lead to diseases like diabetes.
The high sugar content is definitely not the main reason for kidney failure but the artificial sweeteners are. Hence consuming the Diet versions of Coke or Pepsi have proved to be more dangerous than the normal versions.
Metabolism Level Decreases:
A can of Coke or Pepsiis surely tasty but it affects the natural metabolism mechanism and destroys the natural fat burning enzymes of the body in no time. Thus a can of either Diet Coke or simple Coca Cola after rigorous workout or a busy day is strictly not advisable.
Obesity and Diabetes:
Obesity was never a major problem when soft drinks and fast food were not introduced. But with the advent of these products, a major portion of the population today is obese which majorly includes children and teenagers.
Obesity is the root of many other related diseases that affect the hearts, lungs, and kidneys. Researches have also proven that obesity may trigger the creation of cancer cells.
Teeth and Bone Damage:
The pH level of Coke or Pepsi is 3.2 which show that they are acidic in nature. These beverages being acidic in nature and can easily dissolve bones and teeth enamels over time.
Recent researches have shown that Coke or Pepsi are coated with harmful chemicals that may lead to serious reproduction problems with regular consumption.
Now, that you know of the side effects, we hope you slowly reduce your intake of these soft drinks replacing them with natural juices or simply cold water.
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