Did you know the recommended sugar intake in a day is 70g for men and 50g for women yet a normal bottle of coke yes I am talking about that plastic bottle one you buy for N150 contains 65g of sugar, that is 17 and a half cubes of sugar.
I understand why people love Sodas; they are everywhere, convenient, tasty, cheap, and that caffeine addiction hits you from nowhere all you coke addicts. Soda companies also pump billions into advertisement and promotions but trust me Shakira did not get that flat tummy from drinking one Pepsi a day.
FOR EVERY REASON YOU LOVE TO DRINK SODA, I CAN GIVE YOU THREE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM THEM.
Containing no nutritional value whatsoever, it is made of filtered water and refined sugar. This is almost as good as drinking a bottle of water and popping sugar cubes into your mouth.
The link between soft drinks and weight gain has been scientifically proven. One of the first guidelines my gym instructor gave me was never drink your calories, rather eat them. A can of sprite contains 140 calories in comparison with a roasted chicken leg that has 45 calories, or even a banana, which contains 89 calories and costs a lot less.
Drinking one can of cola a day for four weeks is equivalent to ingesting 3,920 extra calories, or a gain of 1.1 pounds if the calories are not burned. A 160-pound person must walk for 27 minutes at 3.5 miles per hour to burn off the calories in one can of cola, according to the calorie-expenditure analysis provided by the MayoClinic.com. Now do you really want to be that person?
Linked to number #2. Consumption of sugar on such a high level increases your risks of developing non-insulin dependent diabetes, or type 2 diabetes. Keep in mind artificially sweetened beverages are not healthy alternatives to sugar sweetened drinks for the prevention of diabetes. Best to just grab a bottle of water with your lunch.
Soda eats up the tooth enamel doubling the chances of tooth decay. Calcium is an essential mineral for strong bones and teeth. Consuming high amounts of phosphoric acid, a common ingredient in sodas, can deplete the calcium from your bones and decrease calcium absorption. Makes a mental note of how expensive a visit to the dentist is
You lose water when you sweat, urinate and even breathe. Sodas are often consumed in the place of water, which is where the problem starts. Sodas contain high level of caffeine, which acts as a diuretic, increasing urinating and leaving the body with less fluid. Diet Sodas are just as bad because of their high level of sodium, which draws water from the cells and promotes dehydration.
Soo many other healthy alternatives to drinking Sodas exist. Water is the best drink in the world, it clears your skin, it increases your metabolic rate and the list can go on. Second best comes in at Tea; herbal, green or black, it is filled with antioxidants that are good for the body. Lastly, 100% Juice not the type mixed with preservatives is great for a tasty drink with your lunch.
Written for NG by Aisha V. Hashim