The Health Effects of Alcohol and Beverages

Beverages are the ingredients used in preparing food and beverages. This article discusses some of the major beverage categories, identifying the key role they play in our daily life. A beverage is essentially a liquid designed for consumption. The most popular beverages consumed by people around the world are tea, cold drinks, water, coffee, energy or sports drinks, and flavored water. On the other hand, other less familiar categories of beverages include flavored yogurts, fruit juices, and cordial.

Flavored Soft Drinks: Flavored soft drinks, also called soft drinks, are prepared in various ways. They can be made from the extract of citrus fruits, mint or ginger or an alternative base made from sugar cane, rice, or potato starch. Flavored soft drinks can contain either caffeine or other stimulants, or no stimulants at all. Common sweeteners used in flavored soft drinks include saccharine, Splenda, and the more recently introduced Stevia.

Coffee, Tea, and Water: All these products share a commonality of being beverages that must be consumed hot. Hot tea and coffee must be brewed and served hot. Caffeinated or other sweetened teas may be allowed, but not unless they are accompanied by fruit juice or ice. Cold beverages such as milk and chilled water must be served cold. The only acceptable alternative to ice is fruit juice. Frozen drink mixes like frozen yogurt or ice cream are acceptable substitutes for milk and cold drinks, but not when served alone.

Alcohol: Alcohol is a product that may be consumed in varying quantities. It is widely recognized as a leading cause of death among people over the age of twenty. Despite its negative reputation, alcoholism is still consumed in many countries. For example, in China and some Middle Eastern countries, alcohol consumption is regularly part of religious observance and even encouraged socially. While it is far more socially acceptable in much of the Western world, excessive alcohol consumption can have negative consequences, including increased health risks and social problems. Some countries have made it illegal to consume any amount of alcohol.

Carbonated beverages: One beverage that is sometimes considered to fall into this category is carbonated drinks such as pop, soda, and energy drinks. While carbonated drinks are generally safe to consume, research has shown that excessive or non-carbonated consumption can lead to a number of health problems. These beverages contain carbon dioxide, which converts to carbonic acid when heated, creating a fizzy, bubbly drink. While it is safe to drink carbonated beverages in moderation, particularly in small amounts, increasing the frequency of drinking carbonated drinks can cause health risks.

Wine: While wine and sparkling water are generally accepted as drinks that contribute to a healthy body, many experts argue that there is more that can be said for these beverages. For example, wine contains natural antioxidants, which can reduce the risk of certain cancers and heart disease. Sparkling wines contain high concentrations of natural sugars and acids that raise blood pressure levels, while hot drinks contain caffeine and other chemicals that can disrupt our sleep and cause irregular heartbeats. Therefore, although both wine and caffeinated coffee may be beneficial to your health, it is clear that there is a strong correlation between the two beverages.