- Major Contributor to Obesity
A strong association between increased energy consumption and obesity is found in many researches. An important contributor to obesity is soft drink. Children and adults are majorly affected by overweight due to soft drink consumption. Soft drinks have been banned and limited by many schools in USA, UK and France.
- Contributor to Diabetes
Consumption of soft drinks leads to energy overconsumption which is a significant contributor to diabetes. Studies identified that sugar-sweetened soft drinks are the major cause for type 2 diabetes. Another study has identified a strong relation between soft drinks and physiological abnormalities and type 2 diabetes.
- Contributor to Cardio Vascular Diseases / Heart Attacks
The risk factors for metabolic syndrome, which includes Cardio Vascular Diseases are increased by Soft drink consumption.
- Causes Calcium Deficiency and Reduces Bone Mineral Density
Excess intake of energy from soft drinks is highly associated with lower intake of healthy foods. Consumption of soft drinks displaces the sources of calcium like milk. Reduced bone mineral density and calcium deficiency are the effects of soft drink consumption. Increase of soft drink consumption also increases the possibilities for bone fracture.
- Associated with Kidney Stones
A positive relation was found between soft drink consumption and kidney stone. Studies identified that soft drink consumption controls the intake of potassium and calcium. Consuming little calcium in food or less calcium intake causes formation of kidney stone.
- Tooth Decay / Cavities
Studies identified that there is a strong association between carbonated soft drinks and dental caries. However, the positive association was not identified between diet soft drinks and dental caries.
- Increase Blood Pressure
Both diastolic and systolic blood pressure are caused by over consumption of sucrose-sweetened soft drinks and beverages. An experimental study also found the relation between the consumption of caffeinated soft drink and systolic blood pressure.
- Associated with Decreased intake of Protein
Decreased intake of protein in a human body is associated with carbonated soft drink consumption. Moreover, soft drink consumption is also associated with decreased intake of fruits and other nutrients.
- Associated with Liver damage
Long-term consumption of soft drinks increases risks for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease based on a social research.
- Linked to DNA ageing and cell Damage
A study identified that consumption of 350ml carbonated soft drink causes DNA change which changes cells 4.6 years older. Regular consumption of soft drinks results in accelerated DNA ageing.
- Effect on Fertility
Another study identified that cola based soft drinks may cause semen quality, menstrual disorders, ovulatory and pregnancy miscarriages.
- Effect on Pregnancy
Soft drink consumption may lead to fetal arrhythmias (increase or abnormal heartbeat) during pregnancy. The risk of low birth weight (LBW) is another effect of soft drink intake during pregnancy.
- Increased risk of Asthma
Increased risk of asthma is caused by regular consumption of carbonated soft drinks.
- Sleep Disorder
High caffeine in soft drinks increases possibilities for sleep disorder. However, consumption of caffeine may not create significant health hazards to individuals.
- Mental health effects and Depression
A recent study identified that there is an association between soft drink consumption of mental health. The study identified that adults who drink soft drinks are facing depressive symptoms.
So, It’s time to Quit Carbonated Soft Drinks
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