It really irks me. To the point where I feel it's necessary to use the word "irks". It irks me because I promote healthy living and constantly drinking fizzy drinks is not part of that lifestyle. It's part of a lifestyle that increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes and any other number of non communicable diseases associated with obesity (often associated with a high sugar diet).
What happened to the days where drinking fizz was a treat you had at birtday parties and special occassions?
Don't get me wrong. I don't buy it often if at all, it's not available in our house as an option for anyone. But I know the feeling of sitting in the sun with an ice cold fizzy drink, sometimes you just feel like it right? However, I really object to the amount of sugar that's in them. And if you need a visual on how much sugar is in your favourite soda, the internet is littered with them so click here.
It's not all bad news though. Lately I've been looking at options to still have that fizziness without all the sugar.
What other options do we have? Well, the same as if you want to flavour your normal water - we all know we should be drinking at least 2 litres of water a day, if you're not get to it. Water plays an essential role in many important bodily functions such as helping your body process nutrients, maintain normal circulation and water is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight. I've often found that when I drink less water there's a noticeable drop in my energy levels.
If you are someone that doesn't like the taste of water then try adding in some freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice, berries, squeezed oranges, cucumber, you can brew green tea and let it cool down and then chill in the fridge. Add some mint leaves. And if you want fizzy then grab some soda water from the store or do what I did...
Buy a Soda Stream Maker!!!! That's what I bought as a family Christmas pressie. It is my hope that the boys will swap out their sugary soda's in favour of the Soda Stream. Less sugar in the flavours. If you hunt around you can find syrups that are lower in sugar. Or use options that have no sugar as above. Fingers crossed.
The process of carbonation is simply the addition of carbon dioxide added under pressure to plain water. A quick search of Google stays in line with most topics - there's always a variety of articles with differing opinions about whether or not carbonated water is good for you. You have to read them and make the decision best for YOU.
As I stated my reasoning behind this is an attempt to reduce the amount of sugar my boys consume through soda. I personally wouldn't even go for the "diet" or "zero sugar" options. You have to start questioning once sugar is taken out then what chemicals are they putting in to replace it? That's my personal opinion, what's yours?
The benefits of reducing sugar, at this point in time, will far outweigh any potential effect of drinking soda water. And with any luck they'll choose to reduce that as well. However, my personal opinion is that plain water is best.
One step at a time though aye?
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