It seems the negative effects of caffeinated soft drinks aren’t considered as often as they should be when reaching for a beverage to satisy your thirst. Each day there is a staggering 1.6 billion servings of Coke sold worldwide, and a recent Gallup poll reveals that 48% of surveyed Americans still drink soda on a daily basis. Among those who drank soda, the average daily intake was a whopping 2.6 glasses per day.
The Renegade Pharmacist put together an infographic outlining what happens to your body one hour after drinking a Coke, which also applies to the effect that most caffeinated soft drinks have on our bodies:
While this infographic shows the effect of caffeinated soft drinks on your body in the first hour after you consume it, the negative effects reach far beyond those initial 60 minutes. Regular consumption of high quantities of fructose corn syrup, refined salts and caffeine that you find in Coke, caffeinated soft drinks, and other processed foods and drinks can lead to higher blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Occasional small amounts now and then won’t do much harm, the key is moderation.
You can quench your thirst and keep hydrated in a more healthy way by filling your Glasstic Bottle with water, 100% juice, or green tea instead of reaching for a soda next time you’re thirsty. If you start refreshing your thirst in a more healthy way you will feel better overall and your body will thank you.