Slowly but surely the general public is coming round to realising that sodas are harmful to our health on many levels.
Even the mainstream media is starting to share this information while the UK Government is introducing a special sugar tax on sodas.
Whether they are regular sodas with sugar
or the diet versions with artificial sweetener (such as aspartame
), the result is similar and deadly.
If you really find it difficult to switch to water as your main beverage of choice, how about this natural homemade soda – courtesy of nourishedkitchen.com
It is called fermented probiotic honey lemonade soda
You will need
- 6 cups water
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup lemon juice
- ½ cup fresh whey (made by straining yogurt or kefir). Don’t be put off by this – you can find out how to make your own whey at home here.
- The prep time is about 10 minutes.
- Warm the water in a saucepan over low heat, keeping it just warm enough to dissolve the honey - about 100 degrees F.
- Whisk in the honey continuously until fully dissolved in the water. Turn off the heat and remove the pot from the stove.
- Whisk the lemon juice and whey into the honey water until fully incorporated.
- Pour the lemonade through a narrow funnel into three flip-top bottles. Seal the bottles, and allow the lemonade to sit at room temperature to ferment between four and seven days. You can open a bottle to check for fizziness and flavor, keeping in mind that the warmer your kitchen and the more time you allow, the sourer and more fizzy your soda will be.
Nourishedkitchen.com tell us that this naturally fermented lemonade soda is loaded with probiotics that give it its characteristic fizz and foam. A dryer soda, the lemonade is only slightly sweet and notes of honey play well with lemon.
They suggest serving it over ice, garnished with fresh lemon slices.
Note to commercial producers with an interest in natural products
How about taking this recipe and its production on board?
We share our reasons for ditching sugar
And when we talk about sugar, we are talking about added sugar and that includes high fructose corn syrup too.
- It is sugar and not fat that leads to heart disease. Sugar is the primary dietary factor driving chronic disease development. So far, scientific studies have linked excessive fructose consumption to about 78 different diseases and health problems, including heart disease, cancer and arthritis.
- As well as sugar feeding existing cancer, scientists are now reporting that sugar also appears to initiate cancer growth.
Sugar is eight times as addictive as cocaine. Such addiction also ensures that you’ll stay hooked on processed foods and sweet drinks.
- I have quoted Dr. Lustig in an earlier post on sugar. He considers there is a conspiracy around the sugar in sodas. Soft drinks contain caffeine which is a mild diuretic causing drinkers to urinate more often and eliminate water from their bodies. Those same sodas also contain about 55 mg of salt. When you take in salt and excrete water, you get thirstier. He says that the reason soda contains so much sugar is because the manufacturers have to mask the taste of the salt. It may be a win/win situation for the soda makers but a “no win” state of affairs for the consumers.
- Your liver has a very limited capacity to metabolize sugar. While you can safely deal with about six teaspoons of added sugar per day, the average American is consuming daily 22 teaspoons of added sugar – nearly 4 times the safe amount.
- If you’re among the 80% who have insulin or leptin resistance (that is being overweight or a diabetic, having high blood pressure or taking a statin drug), you should be restricting your sugar intake to as low as 15 grams or 3 teaspoons per day – until your insulin and leptin levels are normal.
Why artificial sweeteners are equally harmful
Diet foods and drinks are advertised as a way to help consumers lose weight and for diabetics to avoid sugar. However, the reverse is true with evidence showing that aspartame actually makes you fatter, increases dangerous visceral fat deposits, and adversely affects your blood glucose levels while it can worsen insulin sensitivity.
As long ago as 25 years, The American Cancer Society carried out a survey of 80,000 women which concluded that those who consumed diet sodas gained more weight than those that drank regular sodas. Unfortunately, this study was ignored even though many other studies since have come to the same conclusion.
Other research has shown that exposure to aspartame during has a detrimental effect on the baby’s learning and memory.
Excitotoxins like aspartate and MSG have also been implicated in worsening fibromyalgia and irritable bowel symptoms.
Regular use of artificial sweeteners
can be the cause of a variety of symptoms which may be difficult to diagnose. If you suspect an artificial sweetener might be to blame for a symptom you're having, eliminate the sodas and anything else that might contain such sweeteners.