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What You Need to Know About Your Favorite Soft Drinks

Updated on August 5, 2018

Soft drink is one of the most popular beverages and it consists of primarily carbonated water, sugar, and flavorings. Although soda drinkers are declining in certain countries, there are still countless people enjoying this sugary drink every day.

According to WHO (The World Health Organization), we should consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar every day. Do you know how many teaspoons of added sugar in your can of cola? - 10 teaspoons.

Regular consumption of soft drinks is linked to numerous health problems like asthma, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Drinking one or two cans of these beverages daily are 25% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

The intense sweetness of popular soda drink such as Coke and Pepsi should make you vomit once it enters your body. However, the phosphorus acid in this caffeinated fizzy drink dulls the sweetness, enabling you to keep the drink down. Pepsi is even sweeter than Coke, it has more sugar, caffeine, and calories while Coke has slightly more sodium.

Coke Zero Sugar contains no sugar but sweetened with aspartame and acesulphame potassium/ Ace-K (artificial sweeteners) whereas Diet Coke only has aspartame as its primary sweetener.

Phosphoric Acid

Coca Cola is listed as the best selling soda in United States. The name of the brand refers to two of its unique ingredients - coca leaves and cola nuts. Coca is a plant, it is also the source of cocaine - a highly addictive drug that is used nasally, smoked, or injected for mind-altering effects. People chew coca leaves to enhance physical performance and to relieve hunger and fatigue. Coca extracts are used for treating colds, asthma, and other ailments.

Coca extract without the cocaine is used to flavor cola drinks as well as other food products. Leaves of coca are rich source of minerals such as calcium, iron and phosphorus. However, too much phosphorus can impact our bones. When human body has an excessive amount of this mineral, then it will extract calcium from the bones and therefore put them at risk for osteoporosis.

Phosphoric acid is made from the mineral phosphorus. Through a chemical process, it is first turned to phosphorus pentoxide before being treated again to become phosphoric acid. Phosphoric acid gives your soft drink a tangy flavor, it also prevents the growth of bacteria and mold. Most of the acidity in the soda also comes from this phosphoric acid.

Maybe you might want to know that phosphoric acid is commonly used for rust removal.

Although Sprite is free of caffeine and is considered better than many other sodas, we still need to drink it in moderation. Just because Sprite is caffeine-free and colorless like plain water doesn't mean it's a healthy drink. Like many other sodas, this lemon-lime soda contains unhealthy ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, sodium benzoate, and sodium citrate. Those three preservatives are responsible for its delicious taste.

Is carbonated beverages harmful to your bone?

Water can absorb more CO2 when it is cold, and what forces the water to absorb CO2 is pressure. That is why an open cold soda goes flat slower than a warm one (warm fluid releases CO2 faster).

Many said that carbonated beverages are dangerous for our bones due to their acid content. However, according to the research, carbonated water appeared to have no negative effect on human bone health. A large observational study explained that cola was associated with lower bone mineral density because it contains a lot of phosphorus. Many cola drinkers may have been consuming too much phosphorous but not enough calcium.

According to one source, Coke was the most carbonated soda, with Pepsi and Mountain Dew almost equal for second place whereas Crush Orange Soda had the smallest amount of carbonation.

Have You Tried Mixing Soda With Milk?

Have you ever considered mixing milk and coke together? You probably havent. This is what happen when you combine these two ingredients and the result could make you "eeerrkk!"

It is a reaction of the milk to the phoshoric acid contained in the soda. The molecules of the phosphoric acid attach to the milk causing them to become more dense and settle on the bottom while the remaining liquid made from soda and milk now being lighter floats on top.

Dare to taste the stuff?
The same thing happens when you do this experiment with energy drinks. It's time to live a healthier lifestyle.


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