It’s a Monday morning, and you’re feeling drowsy at school. What better to wake you up than a nice cold bottle of soda? The refreshing, cold, bubbly drink fills your mouth with joy. But what is really inside these kinds of drinks?
These sodas, or soft drinks, might not be as healthy as you think they are. Wait! Look at the ingredients! I don’t see sugar anywhere! How wonderful! – You might say. However, there is a substitute for sugar that may even be worse – HFCS, or high fructose corn syrup. This is created from corn, and has a number of people who don’t like its properties. Its large amount of fructose – sugar that is used very fast, giving a short burst of energy, then makes you tired. With this mechanic, if you drink soda, you will get tired afterwards. This makes you want to get more soda to quench this tiredness. This is usually the second ingredient in most drinks.
Another hidden danger lurks in the shadows of the ingredients label: Caffeine. This stimulant is highly popular in common drinks. Included in coffee, tea, and many soft drinks, it can be addictive and is actually a psychoactive drug. It prevents drowsiness, and stimulates certain portions of the nervous system. It has been called out by many health activists, and isn’t known to be especially good for you – its addictive properties make it a very strange chemical to have in drinks.
If it wasn’t so readily available to us, soda wouldn’t be so big of a deal, but with little kids having the ability to press a button on a vending machine and get a half liter of Coke, something’s not going to go right. Large amounts of sugar and caffeine are not safe for smaller children, and with so much of the marketing targeting kids, the next generation may be quite addicted. Let’s just hope that we can spread the word of the danger of soft drinks.