Food, Health And Safety: Fizzy Drinks And The Body

We all enjoy drinks – it could be soft or alcoholic. Society seems to frown on alcoholic drinks, as there is a general knowledge of the many ills it causes in its users, particularly, health effects. Fizzy drinks, however, are welcomed with delight – the young, the old and sometimes even babies enjoy it without caution.

Fizzy drinks are as dangerous as alcoholic drink but they usually have chronic effect as compared to the acute nature of alcohol. Today we will discuss some the health effects associated with fizzy drinks;

• Your Heart

People who drink on average one can of soft drink every day for 20 years have a 20 per cent higher risk of heart attack than those who rarely consume sugary drinks, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Circulation. The sugar load and resultant weight gain increases the risk of heart disease. A can of regular soft drink contains about 41g (4 cubes) of sugar and can impact sugar levels and increase blood pressure.

• Your Bones

Individuals who consume three or more fizzy drinks a day have almost 4 per cent lower bone density than those who drink non-fizzy based drinks, thereby increasing their risk of osteoporosis (A disease where increased bone weakness increases the risk of a broken bone), according to Tufts University in the US. The phosphoric acid in fizzy drinks can leech calcium from bones, while caffeine is known to be associated with the risk of lower bone mineral density.

• Your metabolism

People who regularly drink one or two cans of soft drink a day have a 26 per cent greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who rarely consume them, a study in the journal Diabetes Care reveals. And the diet versions of soft drinks aren’t much better for you – artificially sweetened drinks might alter your metabolism, research from Purdue University in the US shows. “When you consume sweeteners your body expects sugar but when that doesn’t come, your body signals that it needs more sugar, leading to cravings for carbohydrates” (Jamieson, 2017). This leads to weight gain and insulin resistance.

• Your Liver

A study from 2009 found that sugary drinks can cause fatty liver disease and drinking just two cans per day could lead to liver damage.

• Your Brain

As well as affecting the body, fizzy drinks have been found to alter the protein levels in the brain, which could lead to hyperactivity - a condition called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Kids with ADHD have problems paying attention and sitting still in their seats, and they can be impulsive, which means doing things without thinking about the results.

Read 295 times Last modified on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 21:44
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Hakim Tabas

Hakim Tabas is Health, Safety and Environmental Practitioner with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Occupational safety, Health and Environmental Management from GIMPA, Ghana. He thinks of Health and Safety as a calling and is very dedicated to the practice. He is affectionately known by colleagues and friends as Don Tono.

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