Dag Can’t Have Nothing… ATP Has Taken Away My Favorite Drink!
I just recently came across a few articles that I thought was informative and I’m now writing about the first one. ATP caught my attention because, to put it mildly, 1) I do indulge in an occasional (or more often) soft drink and (2) I’m on a weight loss dietary change journey. (5 more pounds to lose)…
However, this article will assist us “all” in putting a halt to our soft drink consumption, especially since the additives that are found in soft drinks have been reported to deplete us of energy .
Here’s my take on the long, technical, and scientifically written article about ATP and what role it can play in our lives.
Ok, first allow me to try to explain what ATP is and its relationship to NAFLD (non alcohol fatty liver disease) and how it’s important.
According to the researchers at Duke University Medical Center, they believe that they now better understand what accounts for fructose-related liver injury. ATP is a super important molecule, which provides liver cells and other body cells energy for cellular processes. Most importantly it provides the energy for our metabolism.
Those that are obese and /or diabetic and drink a lot of fructose-containing beverages, will experience a decrease in the stores of liver ATP.
Soft drinks are the #1 culprit of distributing fructose; fruit juices comes in second. Fructose is a type of sugar that’s been manufactured to replace sugar… but it’s been stated by many nutritionists that it’s an ingredient that is worse than sugar. Consuming high levels of fructose puts you at risk for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) along with fatty inflammation and scarring.
To add insult to injury… according to researchers, too much fructose can also produce more uric acid.
Uric acid is responsible for conditions such as: gout, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and uric acid stones (a form of kidney stones).
My take on all of this; we will have to ask ourselves, are soft drinks worth the potential risk of (NAFLD), nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease…
Let the truth be told; I sometimes have a challenge with soft drinks. What’s better than an Ice Cold Pepsi with a slice of pizza…. I know bad girl… but the truth.
Here’s what helps me; read this article once a month; if you don’t cut out your sodas and other high fructose beverages you’ll at least cut down on your consumption… something is better than nothing!!!
My mantra: It beats the alternative….
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