Drinks: 8 drinks that can be bad for your health

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Drinks: 8 drinks that can be bad for your health
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1) Coffee: Heart attack risk

Excessively consuming too much coffee can increase your heart rhythm and increase your risk of having a heart attack.  This is why it is recommended that you don’t drink anymore than four cups per day.

According to a study, drinking more than 6 cups of coffee per day can increase the risks of developing bladder and pancreatic cancer.

Watch out that you don’t drink you coffee to hot.  If you drink your coffee or tea at temperatures above 65°C the hot drink can cause small incisions in the throat and increase the risk of esophagus cancer according to Doctor Avi Assouline, a cancer specialist that was interviewed by French magazine Médisite.

2) Tea and prostate cancer

According to a study lead by researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, drinking more than 7 cups of tea per day can double the risk of prostate cancer.  Over 6,000 people aged between 21 and 75 participated in this study.

The tannin content in the tea prevents iron absorption which is why it is not recommended that you drink a cup of tea during a meal.  Iron is indispensable for the body and a shortage of iron can lead to anemia.

3) Alcohol and dementia

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According to studies published in the British Medical Journal, the more alcohol that you drink the greater your risk of having dementia.

Excessive consumption of alcohol affects the size of the hippocampus which is the area of the brain that is in control of memories. According to researchers that have based their research on MRI scans,  this zone becomes smaller the more that we drink alcohol

What is more alcohol contains a lot of sugar with means that you consume more calories that can cause obesity or cardiovascular illnesses.

Another study has revealed during the Asco Congress which is dedicated to  cancer research that the regular consumption of alcohol could cause seven cancers to develop.

4) Industrial fruit juices

Regularly drinking large quantities of industrial produced fruit juices can cause heartburn, acid reflux, and increases the risk of developing fatty liver, obesity or diabetes.

A glass of fruit juice and a glass of a fizzy juice have as much sugar as one another.  On average there is 10 g of sugar in 100 ml of industrial produced orange juice.  What is more these juices contain hardly any vitamins, fibers and other nutrients if none at all.

You are better to eat fresh fruit or freshly squeezed juices.

5) Industrial soups

Rich in fat and salt, industrial soups are not the best things to eat if you want to stay on form.  If anything it is quite the opposite.  In fact eating industrial soups too regularly can encourage pulmonary hypertension.  However, according to Dr Richard Haddad, because these soups are “rich in sugar, salt, thickeners, colorants, sodium glutamate and additives of all kinds such as corn starch, these soups can increase the glycemic index.”

You are better to prepare your own soups yourself with fresh or frozen vegetables.

6) Fizzy drinks

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According to a study carried out by researchers from the University of Tufts in the USA, you only need to drink two cans of fizzy drink per day to increase your risk of developing a liver illness..

Out of 2,634 participants those who drunk more than one can of fizzy drink per day were more likely to suffer from a a liver disorder compared to those who consumed less or not at all.  The overconsumption of sugary drinks also increase the risk of overweightness, obesity or metabolic disorders such as diabetes.

7) Sugar free or Zero sugar drinks

This type of drink generally contains sweeteners or aspartame to replace sugar. However this does not mean they are better.  In fact many studies indicate that they are responsible for many metabolic disorders and the transformation of sugars into fat.

8) Energy drinks

Energy drinks have very high levels of caffeine.  One can contains on average 80 mg of caffeine which is as much as a cup of coffee.  If taken before or after a sport or physical exercise, they can have a harmful effect on blood circulation around your arteries.

These drinks can also contain other energising products for the nervous system like such as gluconolactone, which is nephrotoxic according to Dr. Haddad.

Their consumption is strongly discouraged for pregnant or breastfeeding women.


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