Soda companies are profiting all over the world from consumers’ addition to their colas and sugary drinks. Colas have been linked to global obesity and health organizations have pled with consumers to cut back on their caloric intake such as cola.
Colas are just “empty calories” that provide no nutritional value. Carbonated soft drinks like Coca-Cola and Pepsi are the greatest source of calorie intake in America. This alarming statistic should shock people into taking a deeper look into their colas.
A typical regular cola contains about 140 calories in a 12 ounce can and 190 calories per 16 ounce serving. The calories of cola are typically derived from simple sugars in the form of high-fructose corn syrup.
Since it contains virtually no significant amount of vitamins or minerals, people who drink colas are at risk for weight gain and other related health issues.
Caffeine and Cola
Another problem with cola is its high caffeine content. Caffeine, in large amounts, can have devastating effects on the nervous system, but many people need it just to “wake up” in the morning. For most people 200 to 300 mg of caffeine a day will not produce any negative results. This is the same amount of amount five cans of cola; however, this amount will not affect the average person. This much caffeine can make a person feel nervous, restless, and anxious. Larger amounts of caffeine can produce headaches and can even lead to bone loss later in life.
Cola and Tooth Decay
Cola, because of its high sugar content, obviously takes its toll on the teeth. Studies have found that childhood cola consumption was directly linked to dental issues in adulthood. These same studies found that tooth decay increased in those people over 25 that continued to drink colas throughout adulthood. The acid in cola also contributes to enamel loss which weakens teeth and creates opportunities for cavities, infections, and gum disease.
Cola and Bone Health
Phosphoric acid is typically a major component in most cola. In fact, it is this ingredient that gives most cola its tart (some say “crisp”) flavoring. The problem with this is that phosphoric acid is known to weaken bones by blocking the absorption of calcium. Though many cola companies argue that phosphoric acid does not contribute to osteoporosis, it is recommended that those at risk for this disease steer clear of all colas.
Having a cola now and then should not cause any lasting medical conditions. When consumed responsibly and in moderation, colas are a tasty beverage to enjoy on hot summer days, sporting events, or parties. However, be aware that the ingredients in cola often make it very addictive leading to consuming more and more of it over time. Not only will the intake of cola increase over time, one’s thirst will continue to grow, as the sodium and caffeine will be him or her thirstier. Be careful of the ingredients in cola, and ensure that what is being drunk is not doing irreparable harm.