June 13, 2024

The Health Benefits of Soda: Myth or Reality?

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Is soda a healthy choice?

Can soda ever be good for you? This is a question that has been debated for years. While some cans and bottles claim that the soft drink has wellness benefits such as easing stress, boosting immunity, and lifting energy, it’s important to note that these claims may not always be accurate.

Functional beverages are becoming increasingly popular, with many containing ingredients that were once found only in supplements or herbal teas. For example, probiotics and prebiotics are added to many cold drinks like Culture Pop Probiotic Soda, Wild Berries & Lime which has a well-blended sweet and tart combo without any sugar substitutes. However, drinks with probiotics may not have the same benefits as foods containing probiotics like yogurt and kimchi.

Green juices are another popular option for getting vitamins and minerals in your diet, but it’s important to remember that they shouldn’t replace your vegetables. Suja Organic Cold-Pressed Mighty Dozen is a good choice with very little fruit juice and 80 calories in 12 ounces. Compare that to 270 calories in 15.2 ounces of Naked Juice Green Machine which has fruit juice as the first ingredient. Drinks marketed as stress-relievers or energy boosters like Recess Infused Sparkling Water Mood Raspberry Lemon and Aspire should be chosen carefully, as their actual benefits may not be significant.

It’s important to check for added sugars, sodium, and other ingredients in any type of drink. Most people get enough electrolytes from food, but may need additional electrolytes if they are exercising vigorously for long periods or experiencing diarrhea or vomiting. Overall, it is important to be mindful of the ingredients in any beverage you consume to ensure it is benefiting your health.

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