by Kyle Swain
Healthy Soda Drinks: Lets Explore Some Options
Soda, while a staple for many gamers, has many drawbacks to your personal health. We at GamerFitNation are going to fill you in on some of its dangers as well as healthy soda alternatives that can help you to keep your fitness goals on track.
The amount of sugar contained in a typical 12 oz can of soda is 33 grams. Just one can of soda is more than the American Heart Association’s recommended daily maximum of 25 grams of sugar for women and almost reaches the 38 gram recommended max for men. If you are planning on more than one can, then the excess sugar increases the chance of diseases such as diabetes, which causes the body to stop recognizing sugar because it has been so abundant in the blood stream. A condition known as Mountain Dew Mouth also comes from the intake of large amounts of soda. The acid in the drinks eat away at the enamel covering your teeth, leading to poor dental hygiene and a very unpleasant look. If you think you are safe just switching to diet, think again. Research shows that even diet soda can be linked to health problems down the road.
Healthy Soda Alternatives
These and other reasons make it a great idea to switch to healthy soda alternatives. For some, just switching to plain old water will be enough to replace consumption of soda. For others looking to find something healthier without sacrificing all the flavor, there are plenty of options for you to choose from.
Simply taking fruit you enjoy such as watermelon, raspberries, or strawberries and putting them in a large container of water beforehand will give you easy access to a refreshing flavored beverage that is all natural and tastes great.
If you are still looking for the caffeine boost, black coffees or teas may just fit the bill. At zero to five calories a cup, they help provide that burst of energy while ditching all the sugar in soda. Not to mention their other health benefits.
And if those don’t appeal to you, there are plenty of ideas for drink alternatives on the web. Pages such as this one show how you can make or find healthy soda that will save your body in the long run.
The bottom line is try to limit your consumption of soda. While it is fine to have one every so often, you must remember that moderation is key. A daily soda habit could be having deleterious effects on your body and mind. Alternatives will help you stay healthy and fit so you can continue to do what you love and game on!
Edited by: Avery Osborn
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