Carbonated drinks are the favored drink of most Americans. The moment you feel thirsty you tend to reach out for a carbonated drink. Carbonated soft drinks have for long been portrayed as healthy drinks. Primarily their taste and the fizzy bite are loved by all. However, what we fail to realize is that they are a major source of extra calories which are reason enough for weight gain. There are different studies being done that have shown carbonated soft drinks are not as healthy as they were assumed to be and that they are factors contributing to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, oral carries etc. The American Nursing Journal also carried an article some time ago regarding caloricaly sweetened soft drinks that are contributing towards obesity and metabolic diseases.
Dozens of studies have tried to find out the possible links between soft drinks and weight gain. There has been a tremendous increase in the number of obese people, adolescents as well old. Among the several factors that are responsible for obesity, carbonated drinks mainly the soft drinks are a major cause. They often contain high fructose corn syrup which is a major contributor to the calorific intake and weight gain. It also adversely affects blood sugar, insulin and the overall metabolism. A Study among a group of women nurses suggest that among the group those who had one or more servings of sugar sweetened carbonated drinks were at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Another study among men and women who had more than one soft drink in a day had 25% more risk of developing metabolic syndrome and also find maintaining blood sugar levels very difficult. Among the different factors high blood pressure, excess weight, high insulin levels, high levels of triglycerides and low levels of good cholesterol were major factors contributing to full blown diabetes and heart ailments.
The impact of carbonated soft drinks on bones has been argued very often. There are studies that indicate increased consumption of soft drinks leads to decreased consumption of healthy drinks like milk. Milk forms a good source of calcium, protein, vitamin D, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and other nutrients. Soft drinks rarely contain such nutrients, vitamins and minerals. During childhood and adolescence the lack of calcium means development of weak bones. Carbonated drinks containing phosphates can never be a replacement to calcium that you get from milk. The nursing journal some time back had an article which carried figures regarding the effect of carbonated soft drinks on bones in teenaged subjects. Figures suggested that girls who consumed carbonated drinks regularly suffered from fractured bones more than those who consumed less. This is mainly due to lack of calcium in carbonated drinks which causes weakening of bones and thus make them prone to fractures.
Over the years there have been studies which suggest that carbonated drinks are more harmful for the human body and there are negligible benefits of these drinks. Most experts and nutritionists insist that avoiding carbonated drinks can be a major step towards a healthier body.
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