Soft Drinks Vs Fruit Juices
Huge quantities of soft drinks are consumed everyday all over the world. Recent studies show that soft drinks consumption over a period of time causes obesity and other health issues. A soft drink (also called soda, pop, coke, soda pop, fizzy drink, tonic, or carbonated beverage is a non-alcoholic beverage that typically contains water (often, but not always carbonated water), a sweetener, and a flavoring agent. (Source: Wikipedia)
Scholars have been debating over the possibility of soft drinks producing many ill effects on regular consumption. Ingredients life Caffeine (linked to anxiety and sleep disturbance), Sodium Benzoate (known to cause to DNA damage and hyperactivity) and artificial sugars cause substantial health risks. The question is even when we are pressurized under the ill effects, why do people still prefer soft drinks. It is said the taste in soft drinks is addictive as Caffeine has addictive property.
Research and awareness among people has slowly started sinking in and people have now a choice between natural fruit and vegetable juices and soft drinks which earlier was not considered an option. Fruit and vegetable juices are not expensive and supplement vitamins and minerals in rich proportions to the body. Although fruit juices are known to contain sugars, these are the natural one that are moderate and keep the energy levels up. Though canned juices do contain some of the vitamins and minerals they are only next best options to fresh juices. Finally fresh juice is absolutely pure, free of additives and preservatives. Too much of the juice on the market today contains high-fructose corn syrup, or increasingly, grape-juice concentrate.
Soft drinks have literally no nutritional benefits and are called empty calories. In comparison fruit and vegetable juices have healthy calories. Though it seems today that soft drinks have taken a permanent place in our every day life, it is not difficult to replace them slowly with juices.
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