Have you ever wondered if fizzy drinks like really does Coca Cola and sparkling water create cellulite?
Different fizzy drink ingredients have a different effect on cellulite
The most common ingredients in fizzy drinks are: phosphoric acid, caffeine, sugar in all its forms, carbonate, cola, aspartame, sucralose, preservatives, fruit juice, alcohol and flavourings among others. Initially I will comment on each ingredient separately and then I will give you the lowdown on the best and the worst fizzy drink ingredients and the best and worst fizzy drinks for cellulite.
• Phosphoric acid or phosphate is an inorganic acid that increases acidity in the body. Excessive acidity reduces the detoxification capacity of the liver and forces the body to remove calcium from the bones and teeth in order to reduce blood acidity (calcium is alkaline and neutralizes acids such as phosphoric acid). Phosphates are contained in cola drinks.
• Caffeine, is a well-known diuretic and stimulant. Due to its diuretic action caffeine may initially reduce water retention, an important part of cellulite, but continuous and excessive use may lead to tolerance and consequent chronic water retention. Nervous stimulation from caffeine may temporarily increase energy levels and therefore energy consumption and fat burning, but the effect is short-lived and the subsequent fatigue will lead to reduced energy consumption and, more importantly, to cravings for sugar, the number one cause of cellulite today. Caffeine in creams works a bit differently, and if used wisely can actually decrease cellulite. Caffeine is typically contained in cola drinks and energy drinks.
• As we mentioned above sugar is the number one cause of cellulite these days. Sugar consumption has sky-rocketed that last few years, partly due to an emphasis on low fat diets and the subsequent availability of foods low in fat and high in sugar, and partly due to increased stress caused by more and more sedentary, desk-bound occupations. Sugar is the number one enemy of your legs: it is converted into fat unless it is used immediately, it causes skin aging and skin looseness via the process of glycation and it increases levels if inflammation in the body (which consequently leads to increased blood viscosity and poor circulation). Sugar in pastries may be bad enough, but sugar diluted in water is really fattening, due to the very fast absorption of the mixture. The above do not apply to sucrose only (what we call commonly call sugar) but also to all other isolated sugars, including fructose, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), glucose, maltose etc. There is a big difference between natural sugars contained in an apple, and isolated, refined sugars such as high fructose corn syrup contained in a fizzy drink. The former has positive effects on your system while the latter is detrimental to your health and your figure. Sugar is present in all fizzy drinks except sparkling water and soda water.
• Carbonate is a very weak acid that becomes carbon dioxide when not under pressure, i.e. as soon as you open the bottle or the can. Carbonate does not increase acidity in the body as it gets broken down in the stomach. The same cannot be said for phosphate or orthophosphate found in cola drinks which do leave an acid residue when absorbed by the body. Carbon dioxide is easily removed though the breath. Carbonate is the only innocent ingredient is fizzy drinks. Since carbonate is the substance that gives the fizzy drinks their fizz, it is contained in all fizzy drinks.
• Cola extract is obviously included in cola drinks. Although cola is a source of caffeine, it contributes very little caffeine to cola drinks, with most of the caffeine being added to them. Cola extract is absolutely fine and it is occasionally used in health supplements.