Coke and Obesity – Find out at DSB Fitness
Coke and obesity always comes in a conversation when one talks about effects of soda drinks to a persons health. if you’re on any diet plan but what is more disturbing is the amount of artificial sweeteners used on all fizzy drinks as well as foods.
There’s always a series of rules you need to follow when you’re on a fat loss plan. When companies or specific diets try to simplify it to make it easier to market, the end result is usually never long term or more based on measurements then the health and well being of the person.
Calories are over used. Counting calories alone will not help you to reach your goals. You can have two meals that have the same amount of calories but one that has no nutritional value at all.
Fizzy drinks like Coke, Diet Pepsi, 7 up are overlooked when people are on diets. People assume because the calorie content is low and because it’s a liquid it will make little effect on your weight gain. This is further from the truth.
Soft drinks contain food additives which are used to sweeten, thicken, stabilise, colour and emulsify. High doses of sugar can cause strain on the pancreas, liver, high insulin response, acidity of blood and teeth to rot.
Consumers have become aware of the negative effects of sugar such as increase in flavour. Therefore manufacturers are using sugar alternatives i.e. glucose syrup, glucose fructose syrup, sorbitol etc. Cereal bars which are supposed to be healthy contain rice, oats, grains as well as syrup which is used to increase the flavour. Monosodium Glutamate is used to enhance flavour on whey protein isolate. Soft drinks, chewing gum, jellies and fruit juice are marketed as “sugar free” with artificial sweeteners and no white sugar (sucrose). Naked juice has no sugar additives but fail to label it as high in natural sugar and high in calories which spike up blood sugar level then bring you down and back for another meal.15 grams per 100 gram is considered high sugar food.
Cereals considered being starchy foods but it contains high level of sugar then one would expect.
Tips and Guidelines
1) Stay away from fizzy drinks all together.
2) Look at the label for artificial sweeteners.
3) Sugar free or fat free does not mean it’s free from spiking up your blood sugar levels. Look out for sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, High fructose corn syrup and Acesulfame K.
4) If you want sugar you should use natural following sweeteners such as unrefined sugars, Complex carbohydrates and sugar in small amounts.
Wellbeing & Fitness Writer.