14 April 2009

Soft drinks have been an anchor in American culture since the beginning of the twentieth century, but the roots of these beverages extend much further back in time. The original bubbly drinks were carbonated mineral waters mimicking those found in therapeutic natural springs and were patented in the United States in 1810. Less than a decade later, the soda fountain was patented as well. By the mid-1800s, American chemists and pharmacists were concocting sweetened, flavored carbonated beverages.

Most carbonated soft drinks have too many calories per serving and it usually comes from high fructose corn syrup too, providing about 7% of calories. Teenagers get 13% of their calories from carbonated and noncarbonated soft drinks.

Soft drinks now can be found most anywhere in the world, 450 different types are sold and more than 2.5 million vending machines dispense them around the clock, including in our schools. In 2004, 28 percent of all beverages consumed in the U.S. were carbonated soft drinks.

Carbonated Soft Drinks and the Correlation with Health
Excessive use of carbonated beverages, sports drinks and fruit drinks can impact bone health, oral health and lead to obesity in young people. The typical 12-ounce can of non-diet pop provides approximately 150 calories, 9 tsp of sugar, and no minerals or vitamins. Sports drinks and fruit drinks have similar amounts of sugar and calories but often have some vitamins and minerals.
  1. Carbonated soft drinks also mildly addictive, because of their high contains of caffeine. One can of cola contains 40 to 45 mg of caffeine.
  2. The high acid and sugar content of pop provide a rich environment for dental decay.
  3. The high calorie content of pop may add to the increasing rate of obesity in youth.
  4. Study on the risk factors associated with nighttime heartburn found drinking carbonated soft drinks and the use of benzodiazepines, a commonly-prescribed class of sleeping pill, are among the strongest predictors of that painful burning sensation. Reducing consumption of carbonated soft drinks, replacing benzodiazepines with other types of sleeping pills, and losing weight can all help reduce nighttime heartburn.
  5. School-age girls who drink a lot of carbonated soft drinks are increasing their risk of osteoporosis.
Carbonated Soft drinks and bones health

There has been a theory that the phosphoric acid contained in some soft drinks displaces calcium from the bones, lowering bone density of the skeleton and leading to conditions such as osteoporosis and very weak bones.


Anonymous said...

Hi Vin,
My google alert for HFCS picked up your post.
Here's another aspect of the treachery of HFCS.
The variant HFCS-55 which is used to sweeten all national brands of soda and many other beverages is composed of 55%fructose:45%glucose. While this
appears to be just slightly different from the
50:50 composition of sucrose, when you do the math a different number emerges. 55/45=1.22
That means that when a teen chugs one or two cans of soda his liver is receiving, compared to
glucose, 22% more fructose. Fructose metabolism
favors lipogenesis, conversion to fatty acids. The metabolic dangers of excess fructose have been well documented. Ditch HFCS, especially HFCS-55. To your health.

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