NOW A days soft drinks are very much on demand. People from all age groups like to have them. Specially children love to enjoy soft drinks. Its a trend to serve soft drinks to guests, in birthday parties, weddings and several other ceremonies. Soft drinks have replaced milk which was traditionally used in past

Soft drinks have been suspected of leading to lower calcium levels and higher phosphate levels in the blood. When this situation occurs, calcium is pulled out of the bones. For anyone over age 40, soft drinks can be especially hazardous because the kidneys are less able to excrete excess phosphorus, causing depletion of vital calcium. “Diet sodas that are low in calories are high in sodium. Too much salt in the diet may cause more calcium to be excreted in the urine and increase the risk of osteoporosis.”

Experiment shows out of the 57 children who had low blood calcium levels, 38 (66.7 per cent) drank more than four bottles (12 to 16 ounces per bottle) of soft drinks per week, but only forty-eight (28 per cent) children with normal serum calcium levels consumed as much soft drinks. This situation that ultimately leads to poor bone mineralization, which explains the greater risk of broken bones in children who consume soft drinks.”

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The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times.” Adolescents who consume soft drinks display a risk of bone fractures three to four-fold higher than those who do not.” Sugar and acid in soft drinks so easily dissolve tooth enamel result in cavities production and ultimately severe tooth ache.”

Aspartame sweetened beverages contain methyl or wood alcohol, which can affect fetal brain development. Sodium benzoate is used as a preservative can cause recurring urticaria (rash), asthma, and eczema. “Soft drinks can decrease the antibacterial action of penicillin and ampicillin.”Thats the  reason  people  become  resistant  to  medicines  and  more  dose  of  high  potency  is  required  for  their  treatment.

Its also true that we should enjoy everything in life. I know kids and youngsters will do agree with me but dont forget that excess of everything is bad so dont harm yourself just for taste over and over again. As it is more hazardous instead of being good to  health.

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The writer is a student of PHARM-D and can be reached at rabia.ahmad2010@live.com

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