The Low-Calorie Drink Myth: Sweetened Soda
Because of the warning about excessive sugar consumption, major manufacturers have chosen to replace this component with sweeteners. It is true that drinks with sugar are not good, but replacing it with artificial sweeteners does not solve the problem.
Each artificial sweetener can be up to 150 times sweeter than sugar itself, causing our sweetness threshold to change. This affects the way we eat and the WHO (World Health Organization) has warned that since the 1970s, obesity has tripled. This fact makes it comparable to a worldwide epidemic. Our palate needs to adapt to the real taste of the food little by little, since sweeteners have made us get used to an unrealistic taste in food. When we encounter real food, it is not as juicy and we end up eating more than we need to cover the sensation of satiety.
What can we do about “sugar-free” soft drinks?
We must consume less sugar or sweetener little by little. Then we will taste the food again and enjoy the real food. Although it is almost impossible to make all sugar or sweetener disappear from a healthy diet, it is important to keep it to a minimum. If you are wondering: Which soda has less sugar? We can tell you: None.
Diseases associated with sugary drinks
Type 2 diabetes
Cases of diabetes mellitus have increased by 400% in the last 30 years. This disease occurs when the pancreas produces little or no insulin.
It’s obvious, but drinking sugary drinks affects your heart. This is the leading cause of death worldwide.
These are excess fat, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia and insulin resistance. This disease is a sum of biochemical, physiological and metabolic factors that will make you more prone to cardiovascular arrest or type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Sugary drinks kill
The problem is that the population does not know or is not aware of it. You can see in schools, nursing homes or hospitals, stalls and machines that give quick access to these products.
More than 655,000 deaths worldwide can be attributed to the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, resulting from diseases caused by the consumption of these drinks. In countries such as Mexico, six out of every 10 deaths of children under 45 are attributed to excessive sugar consumption from beverages.
Most of the sugar consumed in our country is due to sugary drinks.
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