Timeand again, there has been emphasis that soda and specifically thesugar levels in the sodas form a solid threat to the human health andlife at large. It is the sugar ingredient in the soda, specificallythe high sugar levels in the sodas that pose the threat ofcontracting diabetes, heart diseases, and obesity. Despite foodsaccounting for a large portion of the added sugar in the diet peopleconsume, it is evident that many experts support that cutting down onthe intake of the sugary beverages reduces the overall risk of thesesugary foods. When consumed in excess, the sugary sodas havedisastrous effects on the health of the consumer. The argument amongthe participants in these studies differs in the real harm caused bythe sugary sodas, or the contributing factors of the sodas towardsthe peril of the human health. In the following deductive provision,there is evidence, either medical or scientific to lead the reader toa conclusion that soda is dangerous for the health of a consumer.
Sugarydrinks have a huge proponent of their sugar being artificial, and theartificial sugar makes the consumers have more appetite instead offeeling full after consumption. The reason is, sugar is the leadingsupplier of the simple form of sugar called fructose, which fails tolower the hunger hormone ghrelin the same way as glucose does, whichis the main sugar element in the healthiest carbohydrate foods.Additionally, the fructose fails to stimulate the satiety sensors ofthe brain as much as glucose. Studies extend the discovery with acase that sugary drinks, sodas, do not make the consumer full but endup adding on some calories. Adding a liter of soda after completing ameal adds up to seventeen percent more calories to the body, which isa huge amount of very probable cases of making the consumer obese.
“Beforethe 1950s, standard soft-drink bottles were 6.5 ounces. In the 1950s,soft-drink makers introduced larger sizes, including the 12-ouncecan, which became widely available in 1960 (The Coca-Cola Company,11). By the early 1990s, 20-ounce plastic bottles became the norm(The Coca-Cola Company, 12). Today, contour-shaped plastic bottlesare available in even larger sizes, such as the 1.25-liter (42-ounce)bottle introduced in 2011 (The Coca-Cola Company, 13)”. With suchgenerational increment in the sizes of soda packaging, theconsumption of soda increases as time passes. With the large bottlesizes, there can only be an increase in the amounts of sugarsconsumed by the soda buyers. The components of the sugar are majorlyfructose and glucose. Glucose has its metabolism in all cells of thebody, whereas the metabolism of fructose is only in the liver. Keepin mind the increased bottle sizes, cheap and quick availability ofsoda are the easiest way of accumulating fructose in the human body.Following most western diets, and high concentration of carbohydratesin meals followed by the high volume sodas, the liver faces afructose-over accumulation. The liver incapable of breaking down allthe fructose from the everyday diets turns the excess fructose intofats. Consequentially, over-accumulation of fructose in the livercontributes to diseases such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.The fat, normally called visceral fat or belly fat accumulates aroundthe belly of the consumer, and high levels of the fat contribute tometabolic diseases.
Sugarysodas are the leading cause of insulin resistance in the body,creating an easy path for the metabolic syndromes. The insulinhormone functions to drive the glucose from the bloodstream and driveit to the body cells. Over-consumption of soda makes the body cellsresistant to the effect of the insulin hormone in the body. As aresult, the pancreas increases the insulin production to push moreglucose to the cells, and the action leaves the blood with very highlevels of insulin. The resulting medical condition is insulinresistance and forms the huge cause for metabolic syndrome within thebody. The metabolic syndromes are the lead drivers of heart diseaseand type 2 diabetes.
Furthermore,there are no pivotal nutrients found in soda apart from lots ofsugar. Soda has no vitamins, no minerals, no fiber, no antioxidantsand the only component is added sugar and unneeded calories for thesynthetic sugars. From the consumption of a can of Coke daily, it ispossible for the consumer to gain up to fifteen pounds annually.Furthermore, the high levels of soda consumption may cause a pleasingaddiction for the consumers. Hormone dopamine gives the human bodypleasure, and the hormone can be stimulated when people take insugar. The desirable activity pushes the brain to crave for itemsthat constantly trigger dopamine release, such as regular sodaintake. Soda and junk food have similar effects on dopamine releasehence they are the leading contributors to obesity and high weightgain among the consumers.
Inconclusion, the intake of soda may be a thing of pleasure for manypeople, driving the soda industries to become hugely crafty in makingnew soda brands and inventing ways to navigate through the market. Assuch, a huge populace is at the apparent risk of contracting diseasestriggered by the daily consumption of soda, and as such, there hasbeen the endless battles from the government all aiming to lower thesoda consumption levels. Some governmental measures target toeliminate the consumption of soda right from the manufacture. Withsuch health concerns and governmental regulations, amid theoverwhelming evidence of the effects of consumption of soda to thehuman body, it is appropriate to raise the awareness of the negativeresults of taking soda.
TheCoca-Cola Company. History of Bottling. Accessed June 21,2012, http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/ourcompany/historybottling.html