Saturday, October 1, 2011

Why Soft Drinks Are So Bad For Your Body - Part Two

In part one of this article we talked about how sugar is a major culprit in the diet of most Americans. The article continues.
One of the results of taking in excessive amounts of simple sugars is that your insulin levels are raised as a result. When insulin is raised beyond normal levels this can cause medical conditions such as immune system depression, which has the effect of weakening your ability to fight off certain diseases.
Another thing to take into consideration is that all of this excess sugar is stored as fat in your body tissues, which ends up resulting in weight gain and other conditions such as a higher risk for heart disease and cancer. One documented study showed that when participants received certain amounts of refined sugar, as a result they had a significant decrease in white blood cell levels for many hours afterwards. An additional study showed that when rats were fed a diet high in sugar they were at higher risk for breast cancer as compared to the control group, which was not given sugar.

Diet Soda Has Negative Health Consequences
Most people believe that drinking diet or sugar-free soft drinks is a better choice than drinking regular soft drinks. Mass marketing of these products ingrains this type of thinking into the American public. However, one particular scientific research study found that ingesting one or more soft drinks daily, regardless of whether it was regular or diet, increases the incidence by 30% that weight would be gained in the belly region.
Diet soft drinks are loaded with sweeteners that are artificial in nature such as sucralose, aspartame or saccharine. It has been documented that these types of artificial sweeteners have a negative impact on your health. For example, saccharine has been determined to be a carcinogenic substance, and scientific research has indicated that it can produce bladder cancer in rats.
One of the new artificial sweeteners aspartame, better known by its trade name as NutraSweet, is an artificial chemical that tricks the brain into thinking food is sweet. Chemically, aspartame is broken down to aspartic acid, methanol and phenylalanine when they reach a temperature of 86°F (your stomach temperature is approximately 90°F). A University of Texas research article has recently found that obesity results from the use of aspartame. In a convoluted process, aspartame ends up stimulating the brain in a way that causes an individual to crave more sweets than normal and it also induces a condition known as carbohydrate loading.

Part Three will continue the discussion.

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