Non-alcoholic drinks – Most of them have caffeine! PART 1
It seems that the world began to understand that our body in order to function better, needs a appreciated liquid quantity. And the industry and commerce were on stage providing a full range of soft drinks and spread the idea that the tap water would be unhealthy. This is how, currently in the US it consumes carbonated drinks twice as much than 25 years ago. Unfortunately, many don’t know that this growth has contributed to obesity, tooth decay and osteoporosis and asks: Are not non-alcoholic drink an excellent way to consume more fluids? The answer is an emphatic NO.
Here are some data related to carbonated drinks
Water plus sugar plus numerous chemicals means:
- unbalanced alimentation because a dose contains 120-180 of empty calories that produce large oscillations of the glycemia, triggers a higher secretion of insulin – and we know that insulin is poison for arteries, and the sugar usually turns into fat;
- carbonated drinks increase the stomach acidity and delays digestion;
- most soft drinks contain preservatives, coloring substances, flavor enhancers and other chemicals that requires an extra effort from the liver and kidneys, to be detoxified and eliminated;
- some contain substances that irritates the stomach lining;
- most carbonated drinks contain phosphoric acid, with acidifying effect that, in order to be neutralized and disposed from the kidney, uses the calcium out of the bones, and the result is osteoporosis.
Although they don’t contain alcohol, these drinks are a catastrophe to the body. Replace an evil with another is not a wise measure.
But fruit juices? Fruit and vegetable juices are decidedly more nutritious than carbonated drinks. However, they are less nutritious than products of origin. Ultimately, orange juice, for example, is a refined product robbed of the most valuable fibers, which our body needs so much. The orange juice does not lower cholesterol as effectively as the whole fruit. It has more calories and, at the same time, less nourishing. Through the word NATURAL that often appears on the labels, you can understand a lot: the water that is added, the fruit juice, which may represent 25% of the volume, but also sugar, which is also natural, but robbed of fibers.
If it’s known that Cola and Pepsi drinks contain caffeine, only very few are aware that most of the carbonated drinks contain caffeine and, through them, in a sense, the whole world became caffeine addicted.
The first historical accounts related to coffee talk about a goatherd from Abyssinia, Ethiopia today, who, around 850 AD, noticed that his goats were dancing around what, subsequently it became known as a coffee tree. He tasted the beans and, according to the legend, he started to dance along with his goats.
Research has shown that coffee intake increases the risk of cardiovascular and neoplastic diseases, as also favors a number of complications related to pregnancy. The harmful effects of coffee is done through several mechanisms, among which that of homocysteine growing in the blood. The high levels of homocysteine in the blood, a amino acid containing sulfur which indicates an increased risk of morbidity and cardiovascular mortality. High concentrations of homocysteine were frequently met in women who had complications related to pregnacy and those with an unfavorable pregnancy evolution.
Among the most common causes of high levels of homocysteine are folate and cobalamin deficits of, ie vitamins B11 and B12.