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All these refreshing drinks are appreciated by everyone: every year, nearly 4 billion soft drinks are sold all over the world. But what exactly does it contain?
1. sugar, sugar again, always sugar!
Although sugar is not toxic, its excessive consumption leads to weight gain, which can lead to obesity. At least that is what the health authorities say in their reports.
The problem here would be a lot of ingredients such as fructose, which is now thought to be responsible for chronic diseases such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Why is it still used by agri-food industries, do you say? Well, it’s pretty simple: it costs less than white sugar (also called sucrose).
And it turns out that most cokes are full of that! Indeed, 1 liter of Coca Cola is equivalent to 115 g of sugar.
However, despite all the warnings about excessive consumption of sugary drinks, they remain popular. Each year, a person drinks, on average, 60 liters of sweetened beverages (excluding fruit juices and syrups). In addition, on the site of Coca Cola, you can read that it is the preferred brand for those between 12 and 19 years.
2. Sweeteners in moderation.
To counter these arguments, most major brands or distributors have released their version of « light drink » (-30% sugar) or « zero sugar » of their drinks. But they only expelled a poison to make room for a new …
In these drinks, sugar is replaced by sweeteners, and the most commonly used is acesulfame K, stevia or aspartame. The latter is the most controversial sweetener: for example, it has been accused of being the cause of brain cancer and epilepsy. To date, scientific studies have only validated a real risk. Patients with phenylketonuria are advised not to use them. This rare genetic disease causes difficulties in digesting an amino acid, phenylalanine. However, aspartame releases this compound when digested in the gut.
One thing is certain, nowadays, no sweetener has proven effective in weight loss, nor the fact that it is completely harmless …
It is good to know: these sweeteners should be avoided in the diet of children under 3 years. Although there are not many people giving iced tea to your baby, he’s never too sure to remember it.
3. Warning of caffeine!
It’s fun to read the labels of some drinks that show « the taste of caffeine » when you know that caffeine has no taste. It would be more accurate to write « coffee flavor », which would however be a bad marketing action, since parents would be diverted from these drinks by their parents …
Indeed, caffeine is better known for its stimulating effects than for its aromatic benefits … Strangely, when you look closely at the labels of cola drinks or iced tea, none shows its caffeine content. And yet, if you knew …
Several studies have shown, for example, that 1 liter of Pepsi contains 100 mg of caffeine, which is equivalent to 1 to 2 cups of coffee … Do you now realize what your children drink?
In the United States, the maximum recommended dose for children 7 to 9 years of age is 62.5 mg daily. If you or your children consume too much caffeine, the side effects can be many: excitement, irritability, nervousness, anxiety, insomnia … There are many reasons to limit the consumption of soft drinks.
Today, manufacturers of soft drinks are still hiding behind the « industrial secret » that allows them not to reveal the recipe of their drinks … Caffeine content inaccurate, sugars in drinks, traces of alcohol. ..: this « secret » industry « pushes some of them to break certain rules, then we must pay attention and keep us informed!