MARILYN ANONA writes: Luckily we live in the part of the world where we can still see cheap natural fruits and flowers that we can make juice out of.

THEY ARE CALLED SOFT DRINKS BUT VERY HARD ON OUR HEALTH.
THEY ARE CALLED SOFT DRINKS BUT VERY HARD ON OUR HEALTH.

Yes, we all love soft drinks especially the carbonated ones. In fact, to most Nigerians, its a tradition to have our lunch with a bottle of chilled Coca-Cola as seen in most adverts placed in our local bukkers always asking us if we had our food with a bottle of Coca-Cola. The hot weather especially at this time of the year has not even helped matters. The urge to have soft drinks is higher now as they usually have a relieving or soothing effect on us when we take them. There is this IGBO adage that says “sweet things are usually more harmful” and its so true. Some people even admit to drinking more soda than water each day, or no water at all. There are many reasons why you should not take soft drinks especially on daily basis. Even moderate consumption of soft drinks can be dangerous how much more taking it more than water. To make it worse, most of us don’t exercise so our body cannot even utilize the sugar from these soft drinks. I don’t want this to be a very lengthy post so that you don’t get bored. So I want to quickly share with you some of the reasons why soft drinks are bad for you. 1.Daily consumption of soft drinks can cause plaque to build up on the teeth leading to cavities and gum disease. 2. There is absolutely no nutritional value in soft drinks whatsoever. Not only are there many harmful effects of soft drinks, but there are not even any positive benefits to outweigh them.  3. Harvard researchers have recently positively linked soft drinks to obesity. The study found that 12 year olds who drank soda were more likely to be obese than those who didn’t, and for each serving of soda consumed daily, the risk of obesity increased 1.6 times.
4. The water used in soft drinks is just simple tap water and can contain chemicals like chlorine, fluoride and traces of heavy metals.
5. Most soft drinks contain caffeine, which has been linked to certain cancers, breast lumps, irregular heart beat, high blood pressure, raised cholesterol and other problems. 6. Because of the high sugar, sodium and caffeine content in soda, it dehydrates the body and over a long period of time can cause chronic dehydration. A single can of soda contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar. This amount of sugar, especially in liquid form, skyrockets the blood sugar and causes an insulin reaction in the body. Over time, this can lead to diabetes or insulin resistance, not to mention weight gain and other health problems. Soft drink companies are the largest user of sugar in the country. So we all should be very careful. Luckily we live in the part of the world where we can still see cheap natural fruits and flowers that we can make juice out of. Things like the Hibiscus flower (Zobo) and the pineapples, oranges,carrots etc we have scattered all over the place. We should take advantage of them and help our health. This weather is very hot so this is a period of great temptation. But we should try and resist soft drinks, soda, carbonated drinks, fizzy drinks or what ever you may choose to call them. Be Enlightened! Be Inspired!! Be Motivated!!!

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12 comments

  1. Thnx for dis candid advice and information… Buh I stil think that due to our mind set and environment most of us even after coming accross this article might not be able to resist the temptation of not taking this carbonated drinks

  2. so true..very very true; and esp here in Nigeria..evrytin is all abou soft drinks…Birthdays o,weddings o,funerals o,fun o etc. Diz soft drinks can be replaced with industrially made fruit drinks such as exotic, chivita etc. Nd these bottling companies now made tinz harder by providin can and bottle drinks which parents now introduce to their children for dem to use it as food durin breaktym….as true as dis is, ppl go for d soft drinks bcos they r ready made nd they dnt need to take time makin local drinks, 2ndly bcos fruit juices r more expensiv dan soft drinks nd we know majority of the masses are poor, 3rdly bcos of d refreshin taste and 4thly the packagin nd mk believ adverts..i bliv Nigerians will keep this in mind if posts like this r publiised nd they r made to see the weight of the disadvantage over the advantage.

    • yeah well said Atinuke but the chivita and all the others you mentioned are not too different from the rest. i am very guilty of excessive consumption of soft, carbonated and fizzy drinks. i know the consequences of consuming them as i have a science background but mine is a typical case of long throat what the Igbos call “AKPILI” anything sugary is my best friend but i have to stop. i dont want to be ill at the time when i really have to enjoy my life. thanks Atinuke.

  3. I never knew the hibiscus flower was the saame thing as zobo. That drink is not only refreshing (when served chilled) but also a good cleanser. PoshMarilyn you’ve said it all and I wish most of us will have the discipline to resist the urge for these sugared waters. This is a very helpful post. Many thanks.

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