How soft drinks can be harmful to your children

    /    Jul 7, 2017   /     Health, NewsBreak  /    0 Comments  /    293 Views

They are usually referred to as soft drinks due to their non-alcoholic content and are enjoyed by people from all walks of life on various occasions including parties, weddings and even funerals.

Aside these occasions, some individuals consume these soft drinks on regular basis. Among the group of individuals who consume these drinks on regular basis are children. Inasmuch as these drinks are tasty and enjoyable, concerns have been raised about how beneficial or detrimental their regular consumption is to the health of consumers.

Kapital Health News spoke to Dr. Humphrey Oduro Tweneboah of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) on the health implications of the regular consumption of carbonated drinks. He stated “Carbonated drinks basically contain carbon that has been mixed with water under pressure with sugar and flavours.  Sugar is good for the body but the problems arise when it is taken out of proportion and that the health benefits are very limited and more especially in children.”

Dr. Oduro indicated that diabetic patients with the complication of hypoglycemia (that is when the blood sugar is very low) may be given some glucose drink, which may be in the form of a soft drink but either than that the health benefits are very limited.

Also sugar is an important source of energy to the human body. It is a carbohydrate, which is the most essential fuel for the brain, and it provides the body with the energy needed for various other organs to function. (reference.com)

On the negative health implications of regular consumption of carbonated drinks, the doctor confirmed most of the fears that most people have been harboring. He acknowledged the negative effects of consuming too much sugar outweigh the benefits and more especially in children.  “As we see in recent times there has been an influx of these soft drinks on our market. These drinks first of all have negative impact on our oral health or on our teeth. Soft drinks contain a lot of sugar and they are usually acidic and these factors come to play and they cause the destruction of our teeth and lead to dental caries.”

Studies show a direct link between tooth decay and soda. Not only does the sugar cause cavities, the acids in soda etch off tooth enamel. Acid can begin to dissolve tooth enamel in only 20 minutes. Dentists are reporting complete loss of the enamel on the front teeth in teen-aged boys and girls who habitually drink sodas. (healthychild.com, 2015)

Also carbonated drinks contribute to obesity problems in most children. According to the healtychild.com, soda contains zero nutrients, and is high in calories and sugar. Studies show a strong link between soda consumption and childhood obesity. Dr. Oduro confirmed this by adding “Children who are exposed to these drinks at a very early age tend to put on more weight and it has been found out that as high as about 26% of people who take in these soft drinks on regular basis when they grow are likely to develop type 2 diabetes.”

These being considered, individuals and more especially parents are admonished to reduce the excessive intake of carbonated drinks and replace them with healthier choices such as balanced diets to ensure a healthy lifestyle and growth of their children.

Source: Queen Georgina Monney

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