Soft drinks seem to be a part of our life from er very young ages. We see soft drinks in parties, with meals, at work, even in schools, but have you stopped to think about what these soft drinks do to your health? In our fight to maintain an Alkaline pH in our Body, it is important to identify those extremely Acid Forming Foods in our diet. The reason why so many people suffer from acidosis is the way we eat. Our diet is too high in Acid Forming Foods, and far too low in Alkaline Foods. The main sources of acidity in our diet are animal products, processed foods, and sweets. Under those sweets, I'd like to put the spot light on soft drinks, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners, which are big threats to our health. Both regular sodas, and diet sodas are extremely acidic, this is because the carbon dioxide that makes them effervescent reacts to form carbonic acid, and also because the enormous amounts of sugar in these soft drinks. Artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas and other diet foods are not only highly acidic, but are also toxic for our bodies. Remember the pH scale ranks from 0 to 14, where 7 is neutral. Anything over 7 is considered Alkaline, and anything under that is consider Acidic. The pH of our blood should be slightly Alkaline for optimal health (between 7.35 and 7.45). The pH of carbonated drinks ranks between 2.5 and 4.2.
"Diet not right: Toxic colaBy Sharmila Dhal, Senior Reporter Don't be taken in by sugar-free labels - some artificial sweeteners are a serious risk to your health, says expert Dubai: People going in for certain diet sodas and sugar-free foods could well be poisoning themselves, warns a health expert.
"Many diet sodas and diabetic foods like sugar-free cookies, jams and gum contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame or amino sweets which are proven toxins," said Dr Robin Tauzin, a nutritionist physician in Abu Dhabi. Speaking to XPRESS on the sidelines of the MEVeg Conference in Dubai this week, Dr Tauzin said there is a huge misconception that all diet and sugar-free options of foods and beverages available in the market are safe. "People tend to read only the front of the labels which talk about the product being a diet or sugar-free option. What they don't pay attention to are the ingredients detailed on the back." Health risks Aspartame has known neurological health risks, she said, pointing to several controversies surrounding the artificial sweetener since its approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While there have been many claims and counter-claims about associated risks like multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, blindness, seizures, even birth defects, some studies in the US have also linked it with cancer. "In trying to avoid the high sugar content of regular options, people don't realise the dangers of consuming artificial sweeteners. In addition, both regular and diet sodas contain phosphoric acid which is bad for the teeth and bones." Many fat-free foods are a farce as the sugar content in them in "sky-high", she said, adding that labels can be misleading in terms of servings as well. "Only if the ingredients ascertain that there is less than 0.5 grams of transfat or sugar per serving can a product qualify as fat-free or sugar-free."" http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/general/diet-not-right-toxic-cola-1.946921Carbonated drinks are not only extremely corrosive to your teeth enamel, they are also a big contributor to blood acidification in our society. When our blood pH is acidic, we are more vulnerable to disease and infection, ranking from frequent cold symptoms, to acid reflux, all the way to arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.