Take one glass of water; add eight to twelve spoons of sugar, mix in a dose of chemicals and you will get a soft drink.
The extra sugar intake from soft drinks produces at least five undesirable side effects:
- Unbalanced nutrition: Most soft drinks contain 120 – 180 calories of sugar, but no needed nutrients. A typical sedentary woman requires only about 1,200 – 1,600 total calories a day to maintain optimal weight and good health. Two or three soft drinks can considerably reduce her daily food allotment and thus also her nutrient supply. Over time this imbalance could cause her nutritional status to become marginal. The same applies to sedentary men, who may need about 1,800 – 2,400 calories a day.
- Extra fat storage: If the soft drink calories are added to the food calories, the excess will be stored as fat.
- Uneven Blood Sugar: Sugar calories lack fiber and rapidly enter the bloodstream, raising blood sugar levels and providing a temporary boost of energy. When the blood sugar levels and providing a temporary boost of energy. When the blood sugar level goes up, insulin enters the bloodstream to pull the raised blood sugar back down, and energy levels drop. This sequence promotes the cycle of reaching for another, and yet another, soft drink or other sugary snack.
- Delayed Digestion: When a sugared drink arrives in a stomach that is processing other food, digestion slows down until the new calories can be handled. An occasional drink probably wouldn’t make much difference but if it happens several times a day it can prolong digestion and stress the stomach.
- Acid Rebound: Most beverages, including sodas, increase acid secretion in the stomach. This increase usually occurs after the beverage leaves the stomach, producing a rebound effect.
Beware of diet drinks. Diet drinks solve the sugar problem, but that’s not the whole story. Most beverages sugared or not, contain preservatives, flavorings, colorings, and many other chemicals. Some of these need to be detoxified and eliminated from the body. Some may also irritate sensitive stomach linings.
How Many Calories Do You Drink in a Day?
|Coffee, cream, and sugar||1 cup||75|
|Orange juice||1 cup||110|
|Soft drink, juice, punch||12 oz.||140|
|Diet soft drinks||12 oz.||0|
|Nonfat milk||1 cup||90|
|Whole milk||1 cup||160|
|Milk shake||12 oz.||425|
|Mineral water/ Water||12 oz.||0|