With the fast paced changes in our lifestyles, we have developed certain habits that not only affect our health but also our emotions. Various studies show that the consumption of aerated drinks has increased over the past few years and have led to a steady increase in medical costs in India. Health insurance has become a close aide to tackle such problems.
Carbonated drinks have become a regular part of diets, today, and in some cases it has even replaced milk and water as the primary beverage consumed with meals. But, the consumption of carbonated beverages in excess has been linked to many health problems associated with the high levels of phosphoric acid found in many soft drinks.
Harmful effects of drinking soda
- People who consume fizzy drinks over plain water have a higher risk of developing diabetes, due to the excess amount of sugar present in soda.
- Frequent soda drinkers are normally overweight and have poor metabolism.
- Excess of phosphoric acid in soda interferes with the body’s ability to use calcium, an important mineral in bone health. Its repeated exposure can lead to osteoporosis.
- It is also a major reason for tooth decay and dental erosion.
- Soft drink consumption is one of the major factors for metabolic syndromes such as obesity
- Sodas contain high caffeine content that can cause side effects like irritability, restlessness, tension, insomnia, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal disturbance, excessive urination, irregular heartbeat.
- Carbonated sodas not only affect our health but also our surroundings. The packaged bottles and cans add more garbage to our environment.
Consumption of aerated drinks can be minimized with a little effort. Switching to ice tea, lemonade or filtered tap water as your beverage of choice would be harmless and would also generate less garbage. Exercising and drinking more water not only kills the cravings for sugar but also flushes out the toxins from your body.
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