Apart from the obvious addition of calories(each 330 ml
contains 9 teaspoons of sugar) and the bloating from the
soda, soft drink consumption means consumption of phosphorus
and artificial food colours that may run down your health.
Phosphoric acid is added to acidify soft drinks. Other acids
used include acetic acid, fumaric acid, lactic acid and gluconic
acid. A high phosphate intake is linked to an active thyroid
gland and bone loss(osteoporosis)
Soft drink consumption also leads to calcium deficiency
among the young. In fact, substitution of soft drinks for
milk is one of the factors contributing to the poor intake of
calcium among teenagers.Plus the high intake of free sugars
puts you at risk of consuming lesser nutrients. Because the
body is getting the energy from the sugar content, people
tend to eat less and absorb less of nutrients and micronutrients.
Some studies suggest that chemicals present in soft drinks
can alter the phbalance in the body and caffeine present in them
can make them addictive.
Last but not the least, there’s always the question of tooth decay.
Instead of that soft drink, try to make-do with healthier drinks like
unsweetened fruit juices, lassi, nimbu paani, skimmed/low fat milk
or bottled water, sugar-free sodas.