Carbonated Carnage

“Cold drinks are an absolute no-no in summer, because once it reaches the stomach, the cola generates much more heat and slows down your digestion.”-Avanee Mehta, Dietician All of us feel elated on consuming glasses of aerated drinks daily, but how many of us have ever rested our minds to think to much highlighted side-effects of our addiction to such drinks. Teenagers and children are among the largest consumers of the drinks unaware of their harmful impact.

A can of Pepsi One is believed to contain about 56 milligrams of caffeine – 18 milligrams more than both regular Pepsi and Diet Pepsi. Mountain Dew, the curiously named Mello Yellow, Sun Drop Regular, Jolt and diet as well as regular Sunkist orange soda- all pack caffeine. Barq’s, made by the Coca-Cola Co., has 23 milligrams per 12-ounce can. Sprite, 7-Up and ginger ale which are caffeine-free, are only exceptions which even being of the same category are relatively safe for consumption.

Aerated drinks, with their effect on our teeth, stomach, bones and so on continue to remain thirst quenchers of the first order. After tests conducted, Anuradha Vashisht has remarked that pesticides or no pesticides, carbonated drinks still play havoc with human health. Studies have shown that aerated drinks hinder the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the body. A huge amount of soda and refined sugar contained in these drinks is known to cause lowering of calcium and phosphorus levels.

The high amount of sugar consumed through soft drinks lead to the development of bacteria that attack the teeth thus aggravating dental problems. Since gastrointestinal disturbance of these drinks lead to poor appetite thus surviving on soft drinks and little amount of food will cause malnutrition, retarded growth and other physiological problems. Soft drinks remove Calcium from the body, causing an excess amount of Calcium that tend to be deposited in kidney, resulting in nephrolithiasis. Phosphoric acid, present in carbonated drinks is violently poisonous, it de-oxidizes blood.

If caffeine is added to make in the drinks, they may make premenstrual syndrome worse, cause dehydration and induce stomach to produce acids, aggravating hyperacidity. Since caffeine disturbs sleep, the body is more likely to produce C – reactive protein, which plays an important role in heart disease.

As per a 1994 Harvard study of bone fractures conducted in teenage athletes, there exists a strong association between cola beverage consumption and bone fractures in 14-year-old girls. The girls who drank cola were about five times more likely to suffer bone fractures than girls who didn’t consume soda pop.

It’s right to minimize consumption of cola drinks and if possible avoid them to have a healthier life.

Bhumika Sharma
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