The Danger of Carbonated Drinks
What Is Carbonation?
Carbonation is the fizz you experience in drinks such as sodas, Pellegrino bubbly water, seltzer water and other fizzy drinks. Carbonated water or soda water contains dissolved carbon dioxide gas either artificially injected under pressure or because of natural geologic processes. Carbonation causes small bubbles to form in the water, giving it a bubbly quality. (Wikipedia)
History Of Carbonated Water
It was thought that the first person to aerate water with carbon dioxide was William Brownrigg in 1740 but since he never published any paper about his discovery, the credit went to Joseph Priestley in 1767 who had independently and accidentally invented carbonated water. In his findings he wrote of the “peculiar satisfaction” he found in drinking it, and in 1772 he published a paper called “Impregnating Water with Fixed Air”.
What Are The Ingredients In Carbonated Drinks?
Carbonated drinks are found to have an excessive amounts of phosphorus. Some carbonated drinks like club soda contain sodium salts and potassium.
Excessive phosphorus causes the body to release more calcium. This means that calcium which is being stored in your bone is being “released” or drawn out of the bone storage. This leads to loss of calcium and mineral density in bones.
If you are predisposed to bone dysfunctions, then carbonated drinks put you at an even higher risk. An example of this is if you have a modification in your genetic makeup called VDR, or a variant in the VDR genetically which makes one’s bones weaker, and exposing your body to carbonated drinks can cause serious dysfunction.
Carbonated drinks also increase the serum levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) in the body. Elevated levels of MDA indicate that your body is under oxidative stress. This means that the body is struggling to fight off the effects of free radicals that we are exposed to every day while leaving your immune system without any defensive means to protect the body. Soft drinks also alter the level of dopamine in our brain. A PubMed article on the dangers of soft drinks advised that they must be consumed with caution due to the negative effects on the body over time.
Suggested Substitutes For Carbonated Water
Drinking regular, purified water should always be a better substitute to sodas or carbonated water. They hydrate your body without the harmful side effects of the latter. You can also try infusing water with a combination of fruits, herbs like mint and cucumber to better give the water body and flavor. It’s not only refreshing but it’s also healthier!