The majority of us are aware that we should drink water instead of fruit juice and soda, but many are unaware of the differences in health benefits among the various carbonated beverages available.
According to family doctor Dr. Waqas Ahmad Buttar of Sachet Infusions, "Sodas contain various chemicals, acids, and salts that can be quite harmful to your health."
When it comes to a balanced diet, we asked top health authorities whether carbonated beverages are worse than Coke. The replies are as follows:
Registered dietician Trista Best, of Balance One Supplements, cautions that while carbonated beverages can be beneficial to your health, the variety you choose should be carefully studied. Per- and polyfluoroakyl compounds are chemicals that can be found in some carbonated beverages or seltzer (PFAS). These chemicals, often known as forever chemicals, are present in many well-known brands. The EPA permits 70 parts per trillion (ppt), but each state is free to set its own standards, some of which are as low as 12 ppt. Some experts, however, argue that less than 1 ppt should be considered acceptable. They are artificial substances whose negative consequences are still being studied.
Diet Soda Nutritionist Lisa Richards of The Candida Diet:
"Many people drink diet sodas to cut back on calories, which should help them lose weight. Unfortunately, these beverages frequently cause unwelcome bloating, which makes any weight loss impossible to achieve, according to the expert.
Bloating is a known side effect of carbonation, but diet sodas also include artificial sweeteners, which also cause bloating. The most frequent cause of gas and bloating is sucralose. Sucralose reduces the quantity of good gut bacteria and irritates the stomach, causing bloating as well.
Jordan Hardin, of Jordi B Health and Fitness, is a holistic health coach "It does not follow that a carbonated beverage with ZERO calories and ZERO sugar is healthier for you than Coke. Glycerol ester of wood rosin is the Fresca ingredient that concerns me the most. This ingredient, which is also known as "ester gum," aids in better liquid mixing. Australia and Europe have outlawed it. This ingredient can make you feel sick and upset if you have any food sensitivities, and it can also raise your blood sugar levels if you do!"
Hannah Shine, the company's health manager: "Because there is little to no orange flavor in this drink, even the name is deceiving. Orange soda is one of the unhealthiest beverages to consume because it has an unrealistically high sugar content. It also contains citric acid and sugar water, both of which can upset the stomach if consumed in excess. In order to give it a zesty orange flavor and an orange-like appearance, artificial flavors and colors are added. 43 grams of sugar are shockingly present in one can of orange soda."
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