It is a beverage that does not contain alcohol and is carbonated and has flavor added to it. Depending on where you live, it may be known as soda, pop or soda pop. It is sometimes in the US, just called coke.
Most of these soda pops are available in both diet and regular, with artificial sweeteners used in the diet pops.
In the US most soda pop is sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) instead of refined sugar or corn syrup. But high-fructose corn syrup has been criticized by many as having bad effect on people who drink pops with this in it. Many experts believe that it is causing diabetes, hypertension, and many other problems. But there is no good evidence to support this. But pop does not contain a lot of vitamins, minerals or other nutrients plus they have food additives for coloring, flavor and as a preservative. So, I would try to get my family to cut down on drinking a lot of pop.
Many believe the soda pop is the reason for the obesity that we are seeing in children and even adults in the US today. But children in Third World countries drink large amounts of soda pop and do not have the same rates of obesity as people and children in the US but then again, these countries have pop which is flavored with cane sugar.
But whatever the type of sweetening used, its time that we mothers start offering our families healthier choices for something to drink such as water, low fat milk or fruit juice. In fact, bottled drinking waters have become quite a health fad right now with many brands and types of waters being sold in most grocery stores. If your family finds water boring to drink, there are also a number of things that you can do to give the water some flavor. Add a few pieces of fruit in the drinking water bottle as a way to slightly flavor the water or try a sparkling water or spring water as they do have a good taste. In fact, a large assortment of calorie free flavors to flavor sparkling water to great taste is sold at http://allfreightfree.com
This will keep our families consumption of soda pop down to just a few a day or even better, only a few a week. And as mothers, we should all see what the vending machines in our kids’ schools have. Many have started stocking these machines with a variety of fruit juices and even bottled water besides just soda pop. I guess the point I am trying to make is that we need to start raising our children with a healthier lifestyle, not only in the fluids they consume but also the diet they eat.
So that is all I know about soda pop, or pop or whatever you call it where you live.