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!!!
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.