Soft drinks, little more than sweetened flavoured water which cost nothing to manufacture have a devastating effect on public health system and individuals while they make millions for their owners. The effects of these drinks on children are obesity, rotten teeth and sometimes longer term diseases like diabetes and it costs our own health system millions.
These drinks are heavily marketed with children in mind as refreshing, tasty or crisp yet they pile of the kilos and make us fat as well as unhealthy.
“Habitually drinking large volumes of soda not only harms individual health, but also burdens societies with runaway healthcare costs,” says Professor Nestle of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, Professor of Sociology at NYU and a visiting professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University.
“Once the manufacturers have stimulated demand, they leave no stone unturned to protect profits,” she says. “That includes lobbying to prevent any measures that would discourage soda sales, strategically donating money to health organisations and researchers who can make the science about sodas appear confusing, and engaging in Corporate Social Responsibility activities to create goodwill and silence critics. “
The biggest benefit to our health and to the health budget is to stop drinking them.