A summer of fizz

There’s no feeling quite like quenching your thirst after bring out on a hot summer’s day. Firstly, you have to decide on your beverage of choice. Suffice to say, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to the amber nectar, but what would you give your child?

The current news, of a large supermarket chain in the UK refusing to stock a childhood classic drink has brought the issue of children’s drinks to the fore. On the surface, drinks which contain vast quantities of sugar are surely to be avoided. They have been proved to link to dental erosion and tooth decay (due to the reaction of the sugar with the bacteria in our plaque producing acid), as well as containing a substantial amount of calories.

However, it can’t hurt once in a while can it? As with everything, in moderation it is surely acceptable, which makes the supermarkets decision somewhat surprising. However, any stance on promoting the health of a nation is surely to be applauded. For a more routine drink, it’s common to go with ‘diet’ or ‘light’ varieties, containing zero calories. However, recent evidence shows that the compounds used as substitutes for the sugars, artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and saccharin, trigger an insulin reaction which sends our body into fat-storage mode. This can lead to a risk of diabetes, and also tooth erosion. The conclusion, on a hot summers day, the decision may not be as straightforward as you think.

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