The main ingredients of soft drinks are carbonated water, added sugar, caloric sweeteners, artificial colouring and flavours. Total junk that are made of sugar and chemicals.
Soft drinks are linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, dental cavities, and lower nutritional benefits. And sugar is linked to 60 diseases.
The Malaysian National Health and Morbidity Survey in 2006 showed that 38% of Malaysian children were overweight. Childhood obesity is believed to be a contributing factor to the rising rate of serious health complications in the adulthood.
Soft drinks are one of the key contributors to the risk of non-communicable diseases such as obesity. They have been described as “liquid candy” as a result of their sweetness. A single can of soft drink has an average of 7-8 teaspoonsful of sugar. That is higher than the daily allowable intake of sugar of 5 tsps of sugar recommended by the World Health Organization.