How Do Soft Drinks Impact Your Health?

How drinking soft drinks impacts your healthSoft drinks are a popular beverage with some horrible side affects. In addition to being very high in sugar soft drinks are also loaded with high fructose corn syrup which has been associated with an increased risk in metabolic syndrome. This infographic looks at some of the common health conditions associated with soft drink consumption such as obesity, osteoporosis, and more.

Taking soft drinks have become our daily routine without considering the side effects of cold drinks. Carbonated or soft drinks have become a part of our diet to such an extent that for many, a meal or a snack without a soft drink is unthinkable. Although soft drinks may provide instant refreshment, they are very harmful to our bodies.

A carbonated drink is nothing more than a toxic brew of colouring agents and chemicals with no nutritive value. A regular bottle contains an equivalent of 11 teaspoons of sugar and excessive consumption can lead to increased triglyceride (fat) formation and decreased glucose tolerance, either of which may cause diabetes. A regular can of a soft drink contains 45 milligrams of caffeine and can lead to a dependence on the substance. These drinks have a pH of 3,4 (acidic), which is strong enough to dissolve your teeth and intestinal linings. For habitual drinkers, the risk of bone fractures increases by three to four times and in the long run may even cause osteoporosis. Probably the most disturbing fact about soft drinks is that the zing, which makes them so appealing, comes from a combination of phosphoric acid and an anti-freeze compound, ethylene glycol (a poison).

Carbonated drinks are aerated with carbon dioxide—the same substance which is the waste product of our respiratory process and would otherwise cause suffocation if left in the lungs.

Soft drinks can also be used for other tasks such as cleaning toilet bowls, loosening rusted bolts or to get rid of corrosion on battery terminals. This highlights the true poisonous natural of all such drinks.

Considering all the harmful effects of soft drinks, it only makes sense to switch over to healthier substitutes such as water, fresh juices, flavoured milk, milk shakes or green tea. Considering the side effects of soft drinks, it is better to take natural drinks rather artificial ones.  Here are a few recipes that are easy to make & delicious to drink.  Enjoy

Lemon Verbena Lemonade

On a steamy afternoon, why settle for the familiar? Instead, grab a cool glass of something less familiar, with inspiration plucked from the garden.

 

  • Yield Makes 7 cups
    Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup lemon verbena leaves
  • 5 cups fresh lemon juice, strained (from about 24 lemons)
  • Lemon Verbena Ice Cubes, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, and add lemon verbena. Cover, and steep for 15 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, and let cool completely.
  2. Combine lemon juice and lemon verbena syrup in a pitcher. Fill glasses with lemon verbena ice, and divide lemonade among glasses.

Cook’s Note

Play around with different herbs, substituting whatever is available for the lemon verbena leaves. Basil, tarragon, and bay make for inspired sips.

Tropical Ginger Punch

Pass a pitcher of this punch at a party, at dinner or an afternoon get together

  • Yield Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) sparkling mineral water or club soda
  • Orange wedges, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large pitcher, stir together orange juice, pineapple juice & ginger.  Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour (and up to 1 week). Just before serving, stir in sparkling mineral water. Serve over ice, garnished with orange wedges, if desired.

Diagram sourced from Life Insurance USA,   information sourced from http://visual.ly/how-soft-drinks-impact-your-health & http://www.marthastewart.com

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One Response to “How Do Soft Drinks Impact Your Health?”

  1. whyyyjen Says:

    I have not drank soda for like months now. At times I take a sip of a carbonated drink, I find it so overwhelming already. It can be very difficult to abstain from having sodas every now and then but when you learned to stop, you won’t return to the habit. You’ll discover how content you can be with water and/or juice 🙂

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