What are the dangers of fizzy drinks?

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What are the dangers of fizzy drinks?
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Sugary, fizzy drinks are everywhere.  Go into the first supermarket you find, your local bakery or train station and you can get yourself a bottle of your favourite brand.  You quickly realise the extend of fizzy drinks available.  Whether you like drinking fizzy drinks at a party or when you are feeling like a boost during the day, it always better if drunk in moderation.  This is especially true for young people and when you have just been doing a sporting activity!  

What are fizzy drinks made from?

If we told you to go an eat 8 teaspoons of sugar you wouldn’t straight away pull the sugar bag out of the cupboard!  You’d say that sounded excessive.  However did you know that this is the equivalent to what you can find in a can of fizzy juice.  These drinks are made up of predominantly water, bubble and lots of sugar !

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In reality however there are a lot of other ingredients that can be found in a can of fizzy juice.  This includes, in particular, conserving agents, unnatural flavourings (in the most part), acid and fructose. All these elements are easily consumed when mixed together but they are not very good for our health.  Despite their bad effects on our health we can find fizzy drinks absolutely everywhere!  Perhaps we should have a looks the risks?

What are the risks?

“After all it is only a drink !”  We understand that you have a point, it doesn’t sound very dangerous as you are only drinking it!  However these very sugary drinks are high in calories and constitute a real risk to your health. 

Researchers from the University of Harvard have shown that these drinks can cause many conditions to develop including asthma.  In fact fizzy drinks that have a high sugar and fructose content can have an effect on children’s lung development.

Other studies have established a link between obesity and drinking lots of fizzy juice.  In fact this sugary drink is known as an integral product in the obesity chain. 

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Why shouldn’t you drink fizzy juice after sport?

Fizzy drink manufacturers know their consumers very well.  They know what to say and how to say it so that their products can be sold and are consumed at a rate of more than 11,000 litres per second.  You can for example find on the packaging of these products, “Consume very cold”.  This might not seem unusual however by drinking these products very cold it encourages you to drink more.  In fact if you drink things cold you are less aware of the high quantities of sugar.  As fizzy drinks are refreshing you end up drinking more and therefore consuming more sugar.

Fizzy drinks aren’t good for our health in general but they are even less good for your health if you consume them after doing sport.  A study published in the American Journal of Physiology-RegulatoryIntegrative and Comparative Physiology looks into the subject.  Researchers have tried to show the impact of fizzy drinks that contain high quantities of fructose on the health of our kidneys following physical activity. 

The results of the study showed that sodas don’t also our body to rehydrate after physical activity.  What is more fizzy drinks increase the amount of vasopressin produced (an anti diuretic hormone) which can increase blood pressure.  

These drink, as refreshing as they are, are not specifically made for drinking after you have been doing physical activity.  They are not recommended for children either.  As mentioned earlier you should fizzy drinks only occasionally and not everyday.  Otherwise the regular consumption of fizzy drinks could negatively affect you and your children’s healt


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