Are soft drinks really harmful?
How many people have ever told you that soft drinks are very harmful for your health? If it is harmful, how bad is it?
After reading some of the discussion articles people get confused as to what harms are caused by soft drinks and what harms are not. Very many people have blamed soft drinks for being one of the causes of obesity, tooth decay, caffeine dependence and bone weakening.
But are soft drinks really a cause of all those negative outcomes? Or maybe soft drinks are blamed only because there is nothing else to blame?
In the article How Soft drinks are harming American Healththe author says that:”…heavy soft drink consumption is associated with lower intake of numerous vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber”. It is also contributing to the obesity and overweight problem. In the Liquid Candy Highlights “soda pop is Americans’ single biggest source of refined sugars, providing the average person with one-third of that sugar”. Soft drinks provide about 8-10% of people’s calories.
Soft drinks are said to cause tooth decay because they usually have acid as well as sugar in them. According to Soft Drinks and Health the average pH of soft drinks is 3.4. This acidity is strong enough to dissolve teeth and bones! If you put tooth into the cup with a soft drink it will dissolve in ten hours!
Caffeine, a mildly addictive stimulant drug, is added to most colas. The statement that childhood use of caffeine can lead to dependence later in life can’t be proved because there is no conclusive science to demonstrate this.
Phosphorus, a common ingredient in soda, appears to weaken bones by promoting the loss of calcium. With less calcium available, the bones become more porous and prone to fracture. The soft drink industry argues that the phosphoric acid in soda pop contributes only about 2 percent of the phosphorus in the typical U.S. diet. Exactly how soft drinks may contribute to bone weakening is not yet known. That is why it is hard to decide how harmful the soft drinks are for body.