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Soft Drinks and Psoriasis

Soft Drinks and Psoriasis

How some soft drinks trigger Psoriasis flare-ups why you should avoid them altogether.

Soft drinks are part of the ultra-processed foods list mentioned in the earlier post titled Processed Foods and Ultra-Processed Foods effect on Psoriasis.

However, because some soft drinks are thought to be even more damaging than some alcoholic drinks[1], and consuming even small amounts can trigger psoriasis flares, they must be highlighted and looked into, so we understand the importance of eliminating soft drinks heal.


What beverages considered soft Drinks?

The name “soft drink” infers that the beverage does not contain alcohol. Soft drinks typically contain water, sweetener or sugar substitutes, carbon dioxide, acidulants, flavourings, colourings, chemical preservatives, antioxidants, and/or foaming agents.

Soft drinks can be classified into several groups based on their sugar contents, carbonation level, ingredients, and functionality. Even bottled water considered a soft drink.[2]

However, the kind of soft drinks that may trigger Psoriasis flares are the ones that contain sweeteners, carbon dioxide, artificial flavourings, colouring agents, acidulants and chemical preservatives. Here are some examples:

  • Carbonated Drinks – Colas, Lemonade, Fruit drinks, Sparkling Flavoured Water, Shandy.
  • Still and Juice Drinks – Still Flavoured Waters, ‘Superfruit’ juice drinks, Enriched waters, Dairy and Soy Juice Blends.
  • Dilutables – Includes squashes (concentrated syrup), cordials, powders and other concentrates.  
  • Energy Drinks – Drinks containing stimulant compounds.
  • Fruit Juice from Concentrate – Juices made of dehydrated fruit juice, (convenient for transporting and storage) rehydrated, and packaged (at the destination country).
  • Sports Drinks – Hypotonic, Isotonic, Hypertonic Drinks containing various levels of fluids, electrolytes, and carbohydrates.

Why some Soft Drinks are bad for Psoriasis?

Dietary intake of added sugars has increased dramatically worldwide during the past few decades, so did obesity and non-communicable, autoimmune diseases.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that is highly sensitive to chemicals and anything unnatural. Therefore a healthy diet with natural ingredients plays a significant role in healing.

Sugars, sweeteners and caffeine are common triggers for Psoriasis. About 75% of all processed foods and beverages contain added sugar. In addition to sugar, almost all soft drinks contain chemical preservatives, artificial colourings and flavourings.

Although, within the legal limits, these ingredients pose a health risk and trigger psoriasis flareups. Let’s look at the components of some of these beverages:

  • Carbonated Drink Ingredients:
    • Watercarbon dioxidesweeteners or intense sweeteners, flavouring, colours, acids, preservatives (most contain caffeine as well).
  • Still and Juice Drinks Ingredients:
    • Water, sugar, fruit/fruit juice, acid, intense sweeteners, preservatives, colour and flavourings.
  • Dilutables Ingredients:
    • Water, sugar, fruit/fruit juice, acid, intense sweeteners, preservatives, colour and flavourings.
  • Energy Drinks Ingredients:
    • Glucose, sucrose, caffeine, taurine, glucuronolactone, inositol, L-carnitine and B vitamins
  • Fruit Juice from Concentrate Ingredients:
    • Preservatives (some may have added sugar or colouring and flavour enhancers).
  • Sports Drinks Ingredients:
    • Water, Carbohydrates – glucose – maltodextrin – fructose, Electrolytes – sodium, potassium – chloride. (some may contain protein, vitamins, or caffeine)

As you can see, most of these drinks have sugars or sweeteners, caffeine and other chemicals and offer no essential vitamins or minerals but mostly health-damaging ingredients. Even those claiming to contain no sugar and no calories possed serious health risks studies suggest. [3]


What to Drink?

Soft Drinks provide NO health benefits anyway. Eliminating soft drinks is the right thing to do not only for those with Psoriasis but anyone who wants to lead a healthy life.

What can you replace these drinks with? There are so many exciting varieties of natural and preservative-free drinks you can prepare at home and even buy at the grocery stores. With some ice and beautiful presentation, you might enjoy them better than any soft drink.


Here are the top 6 alternatives to soda drinks.

psoriasis healing, soda and soft drink replacement drinks

1) Natural Fresh Juices

There are so many healing fruits, berries, vegetables and leafy greens to choose from. Juices are the best way to enjoy natural and essential vitamins, antioxidants, anti and minerals that will nourish your body and heal from inside out. (Be aware: Citrus fruits, strawberries, pineapples are known to trigger flares, consume with caution)


psoriasis healing, soda and soft drink replacement drinks

2) Natural Coconut Water

Nutritious and natural drink that may benefit your heart, blood sugar, kidney health and more.


psoriasis healing, soda and soft drink replacement drinks

3) Kombuchas

Consumed for thousands of years. Not only does it have the same health benefits as tea – but it’s also rich in beneficial probiotics.


psoriasis healing, soda and soft drink replacement drinks

4) DIY Fruit Infused Waters

Best way to promote increased water consumption, reduced sugar consumption, increase weight loss, low in calories, may help eliminate toxins and increase energy. (Be aware: Citrus fruits, strawberries, pineapples are known to trigger flares, consume with caution)


psoriasis healing, soda and soft drink replacement drinks

5) Iced Herbal Teas

Great way to enjoy herbal teas. The antioxidants and vitamins found in herbal teas are great for helping fight disease and infections, protect against oxidative stress and lower the risk of chronic disease.


psoriasis healing, soda and soft drink replacement drinks

6) DIY Kompots

Popular Russian fruit or berry drink. You can simply take your favourite fruit or berries or both (the popular combination is apples and cherries) combine 80% water and 20% fruit and boil till cooked and add honey or stevia and enjoy cold or hot. Kompot can be stored in the fridge for a few weeks without getting spoiled.


References:

[1] Prof. David J. Hanson, Ph.D ‘Beer vs Cola: Which is Better for Health?’ The Sociology Department State University of New York. Potsdam, NY 13676.

[2] Harry Freitag Luglio Muhammad, Kacie Marie Dickinson, 2 – Nutrients, Energy Values and Health Impact of Conventional Beverages. Academic Press, 2019.

[3] British Soft Drinks Association ‘About soft Drinks’ 20-22 Bedford Row London WC1R 4EB, Reg in England No. 500979 britishsoftdrinks.com

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