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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using soft drinks?

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doublesider | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 13, 2010 at 3:42 AM via web

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using soft drinks?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 13, 2010 at 5:03 AM (Answer #2)

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In my mind, the most profound advantage of soft drinks would be taste.  I mean, sugar water tastes good.  Most soft drinks have a very good taste to them.  Coke, Pepsi, Sprite, Mountain Dew, heck, even Limca tastes really good.  If one wanted to stretch it to find another advantage, it would be that soft drinks convey a certain image.  In order to accept this, one would have to accept the advertising premise that goes along with soft drinks.  I mean, when celebrities such as Hillary Duff or Aishwarya Rai, or members of sports teams endorse a product, there is a certain connection that consumers can make with it.  On the flip side would be the health risks.  Studies have shown that adverse effects to the brain and other parts of the body are linked with consistent and unhealthy consumption of soft drinks.  The advertising does not let one on to this.  Additionally, excessive soft drink consumption has been linked to bone weakening and childhood obesity.  The influx of sugar found in soft drinks can carry negative side effects for the body.  If consumed in large quantities, I would say that there is a financial cost to such intake as well, as soft drink bills can pile up over time.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted July 15, 2010 at 6:32 AM (Answer #3)

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Soft drinks taste good. That is the main advantage. Another advantage is that they are convenient. It is easy to just pop open a can of soda. Soft drinks are also readily available just about anywhere.
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MaudlinStreet | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted July 25, 2010 at 9:58 PM (Answer #4)

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Completely agree with the above posts. Soft drinks are cheap, easy, and they taste good. It's hard to convince people they should drink water instead, when there's a convenient can of sugar water next to them. Of course, soft drink companies would also like you to believe that they hydrate the body, by using the argument that all liquids hydrate. But due to the large amounts of sugar, soft drinks can actually dehydrate you.

Also, unless it’s sugar-free, most soft drinks contain high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup has been associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, a condition associated with an elevated risk of both diabetes and heart disease. HFCS is also believed to be a major contributor to the obesity epidemic among children and teens. Although similar in calorie content to table sugar, the danger of high fructose corn syrup arises from the way it’s is metabolized by the liver. By being broken down more rapidly than other sugars, it can lead to alterations in triglyceride and lipid metabolism, thereby increasing the risk of heart disease and fatty liver, not to mention diabetes. Although the soft drink industry has tried to underplay the risks, evidence supporting the dangers of high fructose corn syrup is mounting.

The amount of caffeine, while less than say coffee or energy drinks, still contributes to caffeine dependence in children. It can lead to headaches, crankiness, stomachaches, and fatigue when not consumed. Also, soft drink consumption has been linked to the development of cellulite in the body....the dreaded "cottage-cheese thighs".

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 29, 2010 at 7:44 PM (Answer #5)

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Okay, so I have to ask.  When you say "What are the advantages and disadvantages of using soft drinks?" I just have to ask...use them for what?  I mean, they're really just for pleasure most of the time.  Your question did lead me to ponder, though, about those who use soft drinks as more than just a good-tasting beverage.  Like coffee, caffeined soft drinks can be used to alter moods or get relief from headaches.  (Ever met someone with a bit of a caffeine addiction before they've had their morning "fix"?!)  I suppose those are two valid uses for this tasty beverage. 

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jamileh | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 11, 2010 at 5:44 PM (Answer #6)

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Okay, so I have to ask.  When you say "What are the advantages and disadvantages of using soft drinks?" I just have to ask...use them for what?  I mean, they're really just for pleasure most of the time.  Your question did lead me to ponder, though, about those who use soft drinks as more than just a good-tasting beverage.  Like coffee, caffeined soft drinks can be used to alter moods or get relief from headaches.  (Ever met someone with a bit of a caffeine addiction before they've had their morning "fix"?!)  I suppose those are two valid uses for this tasty beverage. 

I know it is a strange question, however my son, in fifth grade, has a persuasive essay to write. His assigned essay is selling pop in school and his point of view is positive meaning he is in favor of selling pop in school and he is having a hard time because he does not like and drink pop I hope I answered your question

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 25, 2011 at 5:46 AM (Answer #7)

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There really is no advantage, health-wise. Soft drinks have no nutritional value. Even the diet drinks are bad for you. The other disadvantages include enamel wearing off and tooth decay. The calorie count for these drinks is astronomical. They are very fattening.

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