When we talk about sodas, it’s easy to say that all of them are unhealthy because the major brands of soda are known for having so much sugar that they can trigger diabetes. What is the healthiest soda, then? Does Sprite have caffeine? Does Fanta have caffeine?
We take a closer look at the top brands of soda and list them down in the degree that they can harm the body. The ones on the top are the least harmful, while those on the bottom can do some real work on your tooth enamel and possibly expose you to some long-term health risks.
Sierra Mist tops our list of healthy sodas because it contains slightly fewer calories at 140 calories per cup and just 37 grams of carbohydrates. Keep in mind that diabetic individuals are advised against consuming large quantities of carbohydrates, and one cup of Sierra Mist can still provide 37 grams of carbs. Keep this in mind while scanning this breakdown because high fructose corn syrup can cause problems with people with metabolic issues.
Sprite is a lime-lemon soda from the Coca-Cola Company, which also produces Coke. We place Sprite second on the list of healthier sodas because it doesn’t have artificial coloring.
Artificial coloring has been linked to certain diseases like cancer when consumed in large quantities, so it’s best to stay away from such beverages if you have a high risk of developing cancer due to family history. Sprite’s nutrition facts: About 100 grams of Sprite contain 10 grams of carbohydrates, 9 mg of sodium, and not much else. A single serving provides 39 calories of energy. Is Sprite caffeine-free? Sprite does not contain any caffeine, so it’s not the best soda to consume if you want to get caffeinated.
We include 7 Up here for the same reason that we included Sprite: it has no artificial color, and therefore, it is a little bit better than sodas that have deeper colors. The soda issue extends not just to the caloric content and the sugar content but also other things added to them.
For example, the acids that they normally add to most sodas can make quick work of the dentine or the teeth’ enamel, which is necessary to maintain the tooth structure. If you have tooth issues in general, we advise against drinking larger quantities of soda.
Seagram’s Ginger Ale
While Seagram’s Ginger Ale may not be on everybody’s mind when thinking of soda, it satisfies the characteristics of soda. A serving of Seagram’s Ginger Ale contains just 34 grams of carbohydrates and 40 mg of sodium. If you need less sodium because you have a kidney issue or something similar, then pick sodas like Sprite.
We know: Coke is a classic. However, we have a couple of bones to pick with Coke, so it can’t be on top of it. First of all, Coke has artificial colors. Over the years, hundreds of food dyes or artificial colors have been developed for various consumer food products.
However, many of these have proven to be cancer-causing or toxic to the body. The big issue here is the risk. There is no indication that the stuff they’re adding to regular Coke and other soda with food dyes is completely safe.
Unless they address this shortly, the food dyes will remain a huge issue with the soda industry. A serving of regular Coke contains 39 grams of carbohydrates and roughly 45 milligrams of sodium. Twelve fl. oz. of Coke is equivalent to 138 calories.
Pepsi is tied with Coke because it’s not much better in the league of calories and sugar. 330 ml of Pepsi gives you 36 grams of carbohydrates and 135 calories of energy. They’re nearly identical, but the difference in flavor is where the split occurs with the fans.
The Big Question
Should people continue drinking soda? The general answer to this question is: it depends on how healthy the person is. Because soda is not a health drink. Soda isn’t medicine, either.
Soda was meant to satisfy thirst and to deliver calories and sugar. We already know what’s bad for us, and what makes some foods and beverages less likely to be healthy.
If you are going to continue drinking soft drinks and other soda, you need to take stock of the possible side effects.
For one, the hefty sugar load of sodas can increase the fat stored in your liver. Visceral fat stores are known for triggering inflammation in many organs, and this triggers other further problems.
If you want to reduce the impact of fat in your body, you need to start cutting down animal fat and sugar sources. Dietary sugar as the most impact on the body because it requires so little of it throughout the day.
Another problem that is associated indirectly with the consumption of sugary soda is insulin resistance. When there is too much insulin in the body and your cells stop responding to the insulin, that’s a warning sign that you may be headed to developing metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the precursor to many diseases, including high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Another alarming problem linked to the heightened consumption of fructose and other kinds of sugar is leptin resistance. Leptin resistance has an impact on how many calories a person consumes throughout the day.
Sugar causes a lower sensitivity to leptin, which triggers an increase in the consumption of even more calories. The good news: when you reduce your sugar intake, the leptin resistance can take a back seat, and the metabolism of a person can go back to normal.