Summer drinks kill chance of beach body


Senior Melissa Ulbrich quenches her thirst by the pool by drinking a strawberry and cherry fruit smoothie. Studies have  shown many popular summer drinks have negative effects on the body.                                                           Photo by Emily Broaddus

Olivia Mahanor
staff writer 

   As summertime approaches, it’s getting hotter and hotter. Sodas, sports drinks, sweet teas and fruit juices are more and more tempting.

   Do we really know what these drinks are doing to our bodies?

   It is easy to walk into a convenience store, go to the coolers and grab a bottle of soda.

   However, soda is the most acidic drink we can buy. About 45 gallons of soda is consumed by the average American each year.

   Studies have shown that soda can be linked to obesity, kidney damage and a variety of cancers. Chances of getting pancreatic cancer are doubled by just drinking two sodas a week.

   According to webmd.com, “Cancer of the pancreas was diagnosed in about 42,000 people in the U.S. in 2009, according to American Cancer Society estimates, and about 35,240 deaths from the disease were expected. The pancreas lies behind the stomach.

   It makes hormones such as insulin to balance sugar in the blood and produces juices with enzymes to help break down fats and protein in foods.

   “Living in  Florida I would rather drink a water and be hydrated instead of soda and still be thirsty,”Aniko Illes, sophomore, said.

   Diet soda also can lead to a higher risk of heart attack or stroke. This is why taking  steps to eliminate one’s chances are crucial. A study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows that drinking “diet soda every day is linked with a higher risk of stroke and heart attack.”

   The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine research and Columbia University Medical followed 2,564 people, and examined their soda drinking habits for 10 years.

   The researchers found that people who reported drinking diet soda on a daily basis had a 43 percent  higher risk of having a vascular event than people who didn’t drink any soda.

   Sports drinks like Gatorade provide water,  lectrolytes and carbohydrates, which is key for athletes. For an inactive person drinking  sports drinks, an eight-ounce bottle of Gatorade contains 10-15   rams of carbohydrates and 50 calories.  If you are consuming sports drinks  without working out, your body is only taking in calories.

   The calories from  he sports drink will only linger in your body unless you burn them off. Sports drinks contain electrolytes, in other words, salt. In sports drinks, the main  alt is sodium. An eight-ounce bottle of Gatorade is roughly 5 percent of someone’s daily intake of sodium. Electrolytes can be beneficial when working out. But if not, the electrolyte intake is excessive and unnecessary.

   McDonalds is home to the $1 large sweet tea. A 32 ounce sweet tea has over eight teaspoons of sugar and is 280 calories.

   The recipe for the  sweet tea is based off a 19th century traditional southern tea recipe. (As for the caffeine in the  tea, it is the overall mixture of two types of tea used to  make McDonald’s sweet tea.)

   Most teas (like green tea, white tea, black tea, oolong tea and puerh tea) can be helpful to prevent different types of cancers and decrease the chance of developing diabetes.

   Drinking tea can also promote weight loss.  However, all contain caffeine and theanine and can affect the brain and decrease mental awareness.

   Next on the unhealthy list are fruit juices. When  people see the word “fruit,” they feel “it must mean it’s good for you,” right? What they do not do is turn the bottle over and read what is inside the bottle.

   The FDA states that any drink can be classified as a “fruit drink” as long as it has some fruit juice in it even if it is less than one percent.

   Fruit drinks often   ave more sugar than Coca-Cola. Snapple Apple contains 27 grams of sugar and can of Coke contains 26 grams of sugar.

   Most fruit juices are made with fructose. Fructose is processed in the liver. If too much fructose enters the liver, the liver will not be able to process all of the fructose fast enough for our bodies to use it as sugar. The unprocessed fructose will turn into fat and move through the bloodstream as triglycerides. High blood triglycerides make the body more at risk for heart disease.f you want to stay healthy during the summer, drinking water is your best option. It contains zero calories and no  sugar.

   “Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large  mounts of water lost each day,” says Joan Koelemay,RD, dietitian for the Beverage Institute, n industry group.


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