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Soda drink: Types - benefits - effects


Soda drink: Types - benefits - effects  What is a soda drink?

Soda drink

Soda drink is carbonated water of several types, differing in flavors added to it, and in fact, some types of soda drinks appear clear, and other types appear turbid, or may contain pieces of fruits, and examples of soda drinks are: cola, carbonated lemon juice And soft citrus juices of all kinds. [1]



Types of soda

Soft drinks are classified according to their sugar content into a common type of regular use, another without sugar, and a suitable type for people who follow a weight loss diet. Alternatives to soda are also available that contain natural ingredients to meet the desires of people who follow healthy diets, and the following is an explanation of these types In some detail: [2]


1- Regular soda

Regular soda contains a high percentage of sugar (usually high-fructose corn syrup), in addition to many of its types containing artificial colors, for this, regular soda is one of the most harmful soft drinks to human health, and increases the risk of health problems. Many contain high fructose corn syrup. [2]


2- Healthy soda

Many new companies have emerged that manufacture soft drinks that have health specifications. The drinks produced by these companies contain carbonated water, minerals, natural flavors, and healthy natural or industrial sweeteners. These drinks are healthy alternatives to soda, especially for people who prefer to enjoy soda on the Continuous manner. [2]


3- Soda

Soft water is a healthy alternative to soda, juices, and sports drinks, but not all types of it can be considered healthy, as some types may contain added sugars, or artificial sweeteners, so they may harm the teeth, or may lead to other health problems, in addition to To increase the amount of calories entering the body. [3]


4- Diet soda

The ingredients of diet soda are similar to regular soda in almost all of its ingredients except for its sugar content. Diet soda contains common sugar substitutes instead of the sugar in regular soda, and these alternatives include: Aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose (Sucralose), and stevia have fewer calories than regular soda drinks. [4]


It is worth noting that the nutritionist does not recommend drinking diet sodas, except for some cases where regular soda consumption is regular and frequent, and it is difficult to quit completely. [4]



Are there benefits to a soda drink?

Drinking soda may contribute to hydrating the body and providing it with quantities of fluids, but consuming it in large quantities at one time or not being accustomed to eating it may result in dehydration and loss of fluids, and this may be due to the fact that soda drinks contain caffeine, which has diuretic properties, Therefore, it is recommended to be careful to choose drinks that actually contribute to enhancing body moisture, and providing it with many health benefits; Like water, drink a moderate amount of milk or fruit juices. [5,6]



Soda side effects

Soda negatively affects the health of the body in many aspects, some of which are mentioned below: [7]


1. Tooth decay: The sugar in the soda drink interacts with the bacteria in the mouth, to form acid, affecting the enamel of the teeth, causing damage and increasing the chance of tooth decay. It is worth noting that diet sodas contain carbolic acid, like regular soda, which It also negatively affects the teeth.


2. Osteoporosis: Soda drinks contain phosphorous and caffeine, which are components that may contribute to osteoporosis, and many individuals also rely on soda instead of healthy drinks, such as milk, for example, which may lead to the bones not getting their need for calcium.


3. Obesity: Soda drinks are high in high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener that has been linked to obesity.


4. Damage to major organs: Excessive consumption of soft drinks may cause disease in some of the major organs in the body, and the risk of chronic kidney disease may increase in the case of consumption of soda drinks containing sugar, according to a review published in the journal Nephrology in 2014. [8]


5. Metabolic syndrome (metabolic syndrome); It is a group of symptoms that may increase the risk of heart disease.


6. Addiction: Soda that contains sugar can be considered addictive, especially in individuals who are prone to addiction in general. [9]


7. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: Sucrose and high fructose corn syrup contain about 50% of the fructose that is metabolized in the liver, so excessive soda consumption may contribute to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. [9]


8. Type 2 diabetes: Excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, or their regular consumption, may be associated with the risk of developing type 2 diabetes according to the 2015 review published in the British Medical Journal [10].


9. High uric acid: Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (including soda) has been found to increase uric acid levels in adults, according to a review published in the 2020 Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics [11].



Article Summary

Soda drink is a soft drink of several types, and most of its types cause harm to humans, so it is recommended to avoid consuming it completely, or to choose healthy types of it, such as those that are devoid of artificial colourings, flavors and sugar, and it is better to replace it with healthy drinks that help moisturize the body and provide benefits. for him; Such as water, tea, natural juices, and milk.






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