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Eat smart: fizzy drinks

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There are lots of names for fizzy drinks, including pop, soda and cola.

Many cans of fizz contain about 10 teaspoons of sugar. There is no real recommended maximum daily limit for sugar because the body does not need to consume it, however it’s best to have less than 6 teaspoons per day.

I know that diet drinks are bad for the body as well, so going for the sugar alternative is not a real option. The nasty chemicals in aspartame are just not healthy. There are also reports out there linking aspartame to migraines and depression.

It is well documented that there is too much sugar in fizz. There’s no nutritional value in a fizzy drink. It doesn’t even quench my thirst! Sugar in fizz turns into fat in our bodies as well as rotting our teeth. Colas are acidic and this dissolves tooth enamel – fact. This can make teeth sensitive and more susceptible to decay.

Fizzy drinks can also contribute to contracting type 2 diabetes. This is because it not only makes people overweight, but messes with the ability of the body to process sugar.

Some of the contaminants in brown colourings used in some colas have been found to have serious negative effects on bodies, mostly linked with cancer. Colas can also accelerate aging.

There are lots of facts and figures on fizzy drinks any why we shouldn’t drink them. I found out this information with just some basic research. The decision for me was easy. So of course I decided that fizz is not something I want to put in my body any more.

I stopped drinking fizz about 10 years ago, and I feel so much better for it. I don’t miss it, I don’t crave it and I’m sure if I tried it, I wouldn’t even enjoy it now.

I haven’t restricted my boycott to fizzy drinks, I don’t drink any sweetened beverages. There’s just no point. They are both full of sugar. The fizzy ones are full of gas and make me feel bloated, so for me they are slightly worse.

When I was sorting the larder I did find some fizz. For fizzy drinks, I didn’t drink the ones I had before giving them up, or pass them on to anyone; I wanted to quit them right away. I didn’t want anyone to drink them. I found a new use for them and poured them down the loo. This, remarkably wasn’t just to get rid of them, but they actually make the pan sparkle! I’d recommend this to anyone!

Change your thoughts and change your world.

- Norman Vincent Peale

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