The occasional soda as a special treat is fine, but it is not a good idea to drink sodas regularly. One can of soda typically contains as much as 10 teaspoons of sugar, and some of the most worrying soda effects for your health include high blood sugar, weight gain and obesity. Sodas are full of calories but contain no important nutrients.
Because they contain caffeine, sodium and sugar, they are not very hydrating. Drinking sodas too often is also bad for oral health as the high sugar content can cause plaque build up that later leads to cavities.
Diet sodas do not contain sugar, but they are usually sweetened with aspartame, an artificial sweetener linked to many health problems. So what are the healthiest soda alternatives?
A glass of club soda, flavored with fresh fruit juice, is a good thirst quencher. You can also get large bottles of sparkling mineral water from the supermarket and make your own soda alternatives. Add some lime or lemon juice, fresh ginger root, your favorite fruit juices or fruit juice concentrates for a healthy homemade drink.