Why You Should Choose Healthy Drinks Over Soda

Sodas are sparkling and sweet and delicious; but that does not mean they are good. In fact, the opposite is true. Doctors have found that there are a significant number of health risks associated with drinking soda pop. In addition to these health risks, each time you choose a soda over a healthy drink you are denying your body a range of vitamins and minerals it desperately needs.

Choosing a soda means you are not drinking a healthy beverage; and this means your body is suffering from the lack of those essential minerals and vitamins. There are many healthy options you could choose to drink instead of soda.

Why Should You Say No To Soda?

Although it may taste good it provides absolutely no value to your body at all. It contains no nutritional value; and in fact does more harm than good to your body. Soda is filled with calories and sugar and nothing your body can use. Even diet sodas do not have any nutritional value and in fact can be detrimental to your body. In stark contrast, healthy beverages contain minerals and vitamins that your body can use. Even just plan water can rehydrate your body without the extra calories that come with other drinks.

Sodas that contain sugar are powerful contributors to diabetes and obesity. The high fructose corn syrup (sweetener) content of soda has been linked to obesity. In addition to weight gain the consumption of soda has been linked to type 2 diabetes, not only because of its sugar content but also because of the effects it has on the body’s hormones. What About Diet Soda? Diet soda is no better. According to the results of at least one study, the artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas are linked to an increase in appetite, more difficulty in losing weight and more difficulty maintaining weight loss.

Soda causes damage to your teeth. The combination of the sugar in soda coating your teeth and the bacteria in your mouth forms an acid that causes damage to your teeth. In addition to the sugar, soda contains carbolic acid because of the carbonation, and this weakens the enamel on your teeth causing tooth decay and cavities. This means that even though diet soda may not contain sugar, it is still a danger to your teeth because of its carbonation.

Soda can also weaken your bones. The caffeine and phosphorous contained in the majority of sodas are believed to be linked to osteoporosis. In addition to this, there is a concern that those who drink soda do so in place of healthy drinks such as milk; which in turn means their bones are being deprived of calcium.

Soda can cause harm to your major organs. According to research, an increase in soft drink consumption could be linked to the chronic liver disease, fatty liver, as well as the development of metabolic syndrome which is a combination of symptoms that cause an increase in heart disease, along with chronic kidney disease.

Healthy Drink Alternatives

The good news is that there are endless options for replacing soda with healthy drinks. A few healthy alternatives to soda:

Water. This is the ultimate healthy drink. It has no calories and is essential in keeping the body hydrated. It is also the transport system for getting nutrients to the cells of your body and removing cellular waste. Drinking plenty of water will increase the appearance of your skin and will improve the health of your organs in addition to many other benefits.

Fruit Juice. Straight fruit juice contains a lot of sugar so it is best to drink it as an addition to seltzer to add flavoring. Instead of drinking juice it is better to eat a whole fruit since that will give you the fiber from the fruit as well as the nutrients from the juice.

Milk. Milk is an essential drink that contains nine essential nutrients but very few calories. An 8 ounce glass of nonfat milk contains only 80 calories.

Tea. All teas have been found to contain high levels of antioxidants which help to protect the body from damage. This applies to black tea as well as herbal and green tea.

Powdered Drink Mixes. These drinks do not contain the carbonation that damages teeth that come in the sugar-free soda varieties. Powdered drink mixes can give you a fix of sweetness without causing harm to your overall nutrition.

Cutting up fresh fruit and adding it to a tall glass of water is an excellent way to benefit from flavor as well as nutrition. Try replacing soda with healthy drinks and experience the difference it makes to your body and the way you feel.

Mary D. Jordan / February 28, 2015 / Choose food wisely