Lower your risk for Asthma by Decreasing Soft Drink Intake

Too many soft drinks can possibly increase the risk of asthma, poor nutrition, and dental cavities. Unfortunately, many children and adults are regular consumers of high sugary soft drinks such as Pepsi, 7-Up and Coke.

According to the January 2013 issue of the Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, one study found that consuming soda 2 or more times per day increased the risk of asthma in high school students significantly.

What is in soft drinks? Sugar, water, food coloring, and preservatives. It is possible that asthma risk was higher in the students consuming more soft drinks because of an allergic reaction to the preservatives or to the food coloring.

Moreover, one of the leading causes of dental cavities is the consumption of too much sugar. Soft drinks can contain about 7 to 8 teaspoons of sugar in just one serving. A diet that is high in too much sugar and is low in vitamins and minerals can lead to poor quality nutrition. If are drinking too many soft drinks, you can start making changes to your diet habits today. 3 simple ways to reduce soft drink intake:

  • If you are craving a sweet and healthy drink, opt for fresh juice instead of soft drinks.
  • Set limits on the amount of soft drinks available at home.
  • In a glass, pour half a cup of soft drink and add half a cup of water to help quench your thirst. Or simply reduce the one cup of soft drink you were usually consuming to half a cup undiluted.

It is interesting to know that children tend to copy their parent's eating habits. Changing your diet habits by consuming less soft drinks may help encourage children to do so as well.


Nada Jawahery