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Aerated Drinks

The Coffee Substitute

This is how the roasted grain beverage is commonly addressed across the globe. This hot beverage is prepared from one or more cereal grains, being roasted and commercially processed into crystal or powder form to be reconstituted later in hot water. Popular as a caffeine-free alternative to coffee and tea, some of the common ingredients of this beverage include almond, acorn, asparagus, malted barley, beechnut, beetroot, carrot, chicory root, corn, cottonseed, dandelion root, fig, boiled-down molasses, okra seed, pea, persimmon seed, potato peel, rye, sassafras pits, sweet potato, wheat bran. Imitating the taste of coffee with a "grainy" tinge, it can be used for medical, economic and religious reasons. Available in varied flavors, colors and and aromas, these beverages experiencing an all-natural special processing are high in vitamins and minerals.


Production of Aerated Drinks

As per the surveys, the consumption of sugar sweetened drinks and childhood obesity are directly linked. What more, the popularity of these drinks have outranked the global milk consumption ratio within just a few years. Most of the companies engaged in this domain directly target school children and youngsters, while aggressively market their products. The aerated drinks are manufactured by passing the liquid through air by means of fountains, cascades, paddle-wheels or cones. This includes passing air through liquid by means of the venturi tubes, aeration turbines, fine bubble diffusers, coarse bubble diffusers or linear aeration tubings.

History of Aerated Drinks

Aerated mineral water and other drinks were all the rage in the early 1800s, due to the purported healing properties of spa waters from Germany, England and other countries. Soon a process was invented for artificial aeration and businessmen like Joseph Schweppe seized the opportunity to mass-produce seltzer and soda water. Many commercial sugar-based beverages were first developed around the mid- to late-nineteenth century. However, it was not until the 1960s and the initial mass popularity of Coca Cola that cold, non-alcoholic, bottled drinks began to constitute a substantial proportion of the total number of drinks consumed.

Recent Market Progress

Undergoing various market trends, the aerated drinks majors have launched their improvised versions, e.g. Diet Coke Plus. These calorie-free beverage are loaded with vitamins (B3, B6, B12, etc.) and minerals (zinc, magnesium, etc.). Providing great and refreshing taste, these aerated drinks claim to have an impact in more than 200 countries and a rate exceeding 1.4 billion servings each day.
Hard/Soft Facts of Aerated Drinks

In accordance to Worldwatch report, these aerated drinks could be a major health risk in disguise. Being regarded as 'fashion' especially among the youth, this colorful liquid does the task of adding up dangerous toxins to your body. If we go by the scientific studies, then it's revealed that 1 to 1.5 liters of soft drinks a day can raise risks of numerous health problems, including:

  • Tooth Decay: The acidic nature of these drinks corrodes the teeth by eroding their enamels. Furthermore, high amount of sugar consumed through soft drinks lead to the development of bacteria, thus aggravating dental problems.
  • Obesity: Mainly composed of filtered H2O, artificial additives and refined sugar; the aerated drinks lack nutritional value. They contain aspartame (an artificial low-calorie sweetener) that makes you feel hungry and craving for food. This, in turn adds up calories, thus layering pounds to your body.
  • Laziness: The aspartame included in these drinks also causes migraines, dizziness and the worst- it reduces your memory.
  • Malnutrition: Some people who are addicted to soft drinks deprive themselves from food until they become victims of malnutrition.
  • Other Stomach Problems: The phosphoric acid present in soft drink competes with the hydrochloric acid of the stomach and affects its functions. When the stomach becomes ineffective, food remains undigested causing indigestion, gas or bloating (swelling of stomach).
  • Effect on Kidneys: Kidneys are less able to excrete phosphoric acid when it is in excess. Thus, there is extra work for kidney. Aerated drinks do the work of removing Calcium from the body, causing an excess amount of Calcium that tend to be deposited in kidney, resulting in nephrolithiasis (kidney stones).
  • Effect on Skin: These drinks lack vitamins and minerals. The people consuming these regularly cut their intake of fresh juices, milk and even water. Deprive themselves from essential vitamins and minerals, they make their skin more prone to wrinkles and aging.
  • Effect on Bones: Phosphoric acid, present in carbonated drinks is violently poisonous. It de-oxidizes blood in the human body, removing Ca²+ from bones causing osteoporosis (porous bones).
  • Effect of Caffeine: In most of carbonated beverages, caffeine is deliberately added to make it addictive. Caffeine in carbonated drink is more readily absorbed than any other drink (like coffee, chocolate etc.). Caffeine disturbs sleep by stimulating nervous system. It also makes premenstrual syndrome worse, causes dehydration and induces stomach to produce acids, aggravating hyperacidity.

How to Deter These Effects ?

  • Use straw to reduce direct contact with teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after drinking aerated drink.
  • Do not drink soft drinks.
  • Sugarcane juice is an excellent substitute for aerated drinks and cola.

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