Soft drinks are incredibly popular with todays children, teenagers and even some segments of the adult population. The sales of Coke for example, have risen exponentially within the last 10 years, reaching over 6 trillion units in 2003. But sometimes I find myself doubting their real nutritional value and functionality.
I understand that not everything we consume, is with nutrition in mind. There are equal grounds to question the value of for instance biscuits or cakes. But I think consumption of cakes and biscuits pale in comparison of those of the various soft drinks brands.
Furthermore, in my opinion, soft drinks fail in their tasks. I think foods and drinks should aim to be nutritional, tasty and satisfying. I for one, can't see any of these qualities in say, a can of Coke for example. Coke has little to no nutritional value, a can of coke contains 97 calories, and little else. Since I switched to drinking water, I don't think Coke is tasty at all. In my opinion, it's far too sweet and doesn't have any real depth of flavour. Finally, I don't find Coke to be thirst quenching at all. So as far as I can tell, there isn't any reason for me to drink it.
But despite this, the drinks are incredibly popular. Perhaps it's a matter of taste? I don't understand. I'll opt for orange juice or water any day thanks.
If I were to start drinking soft drinks again, then I think they would no doubt effect my athletic performance. As corny as the saying is, my body is a temple. And as such, I don't want to drink something with as many different chemicals as soft drinks, when I can just have pure water. What advantages do soft drinks have over water?
But what value do you think soft drinks have NG?