It’s safe to say that a lot of people drink aerated beverages, more commonly known as soft drinks or sodas. This is due to their proliferation in society; every bar, restaurant, or place where refreshments are offered has them on their menus, often times for a low cost, complete with free refills. Unfortunately, these drinks do come with an expensive cost, despite their affordability. Soft drinks may taste delicious, and they are certainly marketed as cool and refreshing, but there are some significant health concerns associated with them that are too often overlooked. Here are some reasons to rethink soda:
Because of the high levels of sugar found in soft drinks, excessive consumption of them can lead to obesity, especially in young children. This is because of the way that the body stores energy for immediate and later use. Generally, once your body has acquired all of a given nutrient it needs, the rest is typically discarded as waste (urine or feces). However, in the case of sugar, once the body’s caloric needs have been met, the rest is stored as fat to be used in an emergency. It’s easy for soda’s empty calories to become fat, leading to obesity.
9. Metabolic Changes
It’s possible for caloric intake to shape the body’s metabolism. The body adjusts its needs and behaviors based on how and when it receives nutrients, and when it must exert itself; that’s why starvation diets don’t work; the body then becomes trained to pack on the fat at every convenience. Where does soda come in? A study revealed that a regular intake of soft drinks made it more difficult for the participants to lose weight, because instead of burning fat, the muscles of the participants were burning sugar during activity, which is less efficient for both exertions and losing weight.