Consumption of soft drinks in summer can lead to fatty liver diseases: Health experts

ISLAMABAD - Health experts on Saturday advised people to avoid consumption of ‘soft drinks’ and increase their intake of plain water during the summer season as sugar-sweetened beverages can lead to different health conditions, including obesity, fatty liver, and cardiovascular disease.

“Soft drinks are harmful to health which contain calories and sugar, due to which the risk of diseases increases in summer”, health expert Khawaja Rafique talking to a private news channel warned the public.

Soft drinks contain many deleterious chemicals that have been linked to systemic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, kidney failure, cirrhosis, and cardiovascular disease among others, he mentioned.

More and more intake of soft drinks can increase the amount of fructose in the body thus putting pressure on our liver and later this fructose starts accumulating in the form of fatty cells which are harmful to health, he said, adding, water is always the healthiest beverage choice. They explained that intake of enough water every day is important to keep the body functioning accurately as the body needs more water when a person is in a hot climate, physically active, suffering from fever, and having diarrhoea or vomiting.

Plain water intake is beneficial for several reasons, it helps lubricate joints, prevents kidney damage, and regulates body temperature and blood pressure, he added.

He asked the public to drink plenty of water and fresh homemade juices to wash out their kidneys, adding, that people should not use substandard food items and drinks sold at roadside stalls as well.

“Chat, pakoras, samosas, and other fried items should be avoided, and homemade food should be prioritized to consume, he added.

He suggested that sugar-sweetened drinks such as fruit juices, vitamin style water, and energy and sports drinks, should be avoided adding, rather encourage your children to eat fresh fruits and vegetables instead of drinking juice.

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