What's in a Soft Drink?

Posted on November 17, 2006 by Sarmaad

It is a shocking, but true fact, that in 2003 alone Australians consumed 110 litres of soft drink per person. This is equivalent to a can of soft drink per day each and this number is increasing every year. In the US, soft drinks account for more than a quarter of all drinks consumed. This statistic has lead to soft drink consumption being officially recognized as a contributing factor in the development of obesity in children. Soft drinks are becoming the top choice among the nation's young as soft drink manufacturers focus on brand building among younger and younger consumers. It's no longer "cool" to drink water!

But how healthy can these beverages be? They only provide a lot of unnecessary calories, sugar and caffeine. Did you know that a 360mL can of soft drink contains 40g of refined sugar? That is 10 teaspoons of pure calorie, all of which amounts to absolutely no nutritional value!

Soft drinks are linked with many health problems such as:

  • Obesity 
  • Tooth decay
  • Caffeine dependence
  • Weakened bones Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Allergies (reaction to artificial colours and flavours)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
It is a combination of increased soft drink consumption, decreased milk and other healthy beverage consumption and a possible link between phosphorus and bone health that researchers believe is enough to justify concern about the health impact of carbonated beverage consumption. Did you know that high consumption of soft drinks increases your phosphorus intake and may contribute to an imbalance in the calcium phosphorus ratio. If choosing to drink sodas it is important that your calcium intake increases to match it (4 glasses of milk for every can of soda)

What's found in soft drinks?
  • Aspartame - used in diet soft drinks, is a potent neurotoxin and endocrine disrupter.
  • Caffeine - stimulates the adrenal gland without providing nourishment. In large amounts, caffeine can lead to adrenal exhaustion, especially in children.
  • Phosphoric acid - added to give soft drinks "bite," is associated with calcium loss.
  • Citric acid - often contains traces of MSG, a neurotoxin.
  • Artificial Flavors - may also contain traces of MSG.
  • Water - may contain high amounts of fluoride and other contaminants.
What can we do for our children?
  • At home, serve a single glass of milk at every meal and offer water the rest of the time.
  • Having a water cooler is a great way to encourage children to drink more water. There is no hard, fast rule as to how much they should drink.
  • Also limit juice intake as this can interfere with appetite and also contribute to tooth decay. If you want to drink fruit juice, the best way is to make your own with organic fruit, and then you know exactly what you are drinking.
Long term consumption of soft drink can increase your chances of encountering health problems. There's no time like the present to make the change and switch to drinking water, milk or freshly squeezed, organic fruit juice!

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It is a well known fact that in the 21st century childhood obesity is the number one public health issue we face. We now live in the time of busy life styles and always being on the run that it's suffering our way of life, with poor diets and a vast promotion by junk food advertising.

But what can we do about it. The answer is simple: by replacing take away meals, over processed and junk foods with fresh organic foods and produce, and adopt a change in life style that encourages everyone to keep moving.

Organic foods are a great way to help you balance your diet. Eating organic foods means that your body will receive up to 50% more nutrients, minerals and vitamins. This is even higher if your vegetables are steam.

Pesticides and chemical have been linked to many diseases including:

  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Alzheimer's
  • Some birth defects

Chemicals, such as pesticides, dyes, pigments, perfumes and flavorings all of which we are exposed on a daily basis may alter metabolic functions. As we all know conventional food contains many of these chemicals. On average fruits and veggies contain up to and even more than 20 different pesticides and your body has the fun challenge to dispose of them in order to avoid poisoning your system. This is the livers reasonability, the very key organ that can make or break your weight loss attempts.

When we cleanse the liver and then eat the right foods, liver metabolism will improve and we start burning fat. As liver function improves, so does energy. With more energy, fitness improves, so we have to be kind to our liver by making sure you are eating enough fibre and limit the intake of toxic chemicals both in the form of food and alcohol.

Dietary fibre is mainly needed to keep the digestive system healthy. It consists of indigestible matter that passes out of your body. This essential function carries with it many of the toxins and waste products from your body that you need to get rid of daily, especially the intake of soluble fibre. So the fact is fibre will help the digestive system quickly process our waste products and will give them less of a chance to be stored as fatty deposits.

If you eat too much foods containing fat, additives, chemicals and pesticides, then you don't give your body much of a chance to dispose of them, causing them to build up in your system and then being stored as fat, for until the body has the time in dealing with them to clear them out.

This can lead to fat deposits all around your body which can lead to a condition called fatty liver which is the build up of excess fat in the liver cells which is namely associated with obesity.

A tired, toxic liver is the number one reason why many people's weight-loss attempts never actually go anywhere.

So as a healthy part of living we have to make sure that our essential organs are operating at 100% of is highest peak efficiency to help in all weight loss attempts and keeping a healthy happy body and hence this means eating good quality food, preferably raw and free of added chemicals, which makes organic food a good choice.

Conventional manufacturers add synthetic chemicals to processed foods to increase their shelf life and pesticides and hormones to farm produce to boost their crop yields.

You don't want to be eating too much conventional foods as the chemicals they contain will affect your liver and digestive system performance, probably making you actually put on weight in the form of the stored fatty deposits.

Organic food can help in that you reduce the number of toxic chemicals entering your body which in turn reduces the stress on your digestive system and its fat production. Leaving you a happier healthy person.

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