Top 10 Popular Soda Drinks that Cause Bloating
Soda drinks can be a major contributor to bringing about the bloat, and for numerous reasons. For starters, they are enormously carbonated, and all those little tiny bubbles can create some uncomfortable sensations in the abdomen. In fact, fizzy liquids are one of the most common causes of bloating. As the tiny bubbles from soda carbonation burst inside the stomach, CO2 particles are released everywhere, and can fill the belly up, leading to stomach bloating and associated symptoms like pressure, fullness and cramping. Interestingly enough, some natural carbonated options are less of a nuisance and in some people provide a calming effect if enjoyed following sugary soda drinks. Perrier is one example that some people find a sensible soda chaser for bloat relief. Overall however, the fizzy nature of soda in the first place makes it a practical point for bloating to begin.
Soda’s role as one of the premier bloating causes make it unfortunately also a source of one of bloating’s less flattering side effects, excessive flatulence. Because of all of the sugar it contains, and most predominantly, high fructose corn syrup, stomach gas builds up very quickly when soda is consumed. If the gas is not contained and built up (which can be painful anyways) it is released en masse in the form of excessive flatulence. While the release of the gas can provide some symptom relief, abundant gassiness from soda drinks is hardly a good thing.
Carbonated drinks that are higher in acid can contribute to acid reflux symptoms. Their acidic nature becomes much more volatile in an environment where stomach acid is already present, and they can exacerbate already existing acid reflux symptoms or contribute to new ones. Additionally, the tiny carbonation bubbles that cause gas and indigestion play a role in reflux formation as well, as the pressure that they add to the stomach from expansion can bring about symptoms.
Likely the biggest way that soda drinks may increase the likelihood of bloating is due to sugar substitutes. Found in diet drinks, sugar substitutes are poorly digested by the body, if at all. When the body works overtime to digest sweeteners like aspartame, cyclamate and sucralose, enormous amounts of bloat producing gas can form, leading to uncomfortable symptoms. Diet soda bloating is much more common for this reason, the use of artificial sweeteners. Some sodas, like many diet selections, may be more likely to bring about the bloat than others, and that’s why we put together of the top ten most popular soda drinks that can contribute to bloating.
1. Coke: Regardless how well loved the iconic and classic beverage is, regular coke is one of the more acidic sodas available. Thus, it is more likely to bring about reflux symptoms as well as adding gas inducing carbonation as well. This dual combination of bloating causes can mean that avoiding Coke may be essential to combating the bloat.
2. Tab: Tab was a popular drink decades ago, but it serves more as a nostalgic remembrance nowadays. Regardless, it’s a triple whammy for inducing bloat. It is amongst the most acidic soda drinks, bears the characteristic bubble components and uses artificial sweeteners too. Tab may be one to skip entirely, along with the walk down memory lane.
3. Diet Pepsi: Recently, the signature formula of Diet Pepsi was changed to a double artificial sweetener combination. The main fake sugar source, aspartame, is still the predominant sweetener. However, acesulfame potassium has been added as well, creating a double trouble scenario in terms of bloat producing sugar substitutes. Add to this the fact that Diet Pepsi is one of the more acidic and thus potentially reflux inducing types and bloating may be inevitable.
4. Sunkist Orange Soda: It is a common misconception that fruitier sodas are healthier. In fact, the opposite is most often the case. In the case of Sunkist Orange Soda, just one twenty ounce bottle has as much sugar as half a dozen ice cream sandwiches. This bloat producing sugar overload is worsened by the beverage’s use of artificial colors as well.
5. A&W Cream Soda: Cream soda provides a truly unique flavor amongst soda beverages, but it also boasts a uniquely high amount of high fructose corn syrup, and more sugar that regular Coke. Unfortunately, the higher the level of high fructose corn syrup a beverage contains, the more likely that bloat will inevitably follow.
6. Jolt Cola: Jolt is a lesser known brand amongst soda drinks, but one thing that it is known for is its enormous size. Cans of this sweet soda are twice the size of other brands, meaning that double the bloat inducing bubbles are being consumed per can. Add to that almost one hundred grams of sugar and it’s no surprise that tummy troubles can quickly follow consumption.
7. Mountain Dew: Mountain Dew is one of the most popular non-cola sodas on the market. It’s high in caffeine (containing about a third of that which is found in energy drinks) and high in sugar (all of which is in the form of high fructose corn syrup). While the beverage may be lower in terms of bubble output, it’s incredibly abundant sugar makes up for it with more abundant bloat beginnings.
8. Pepsi: Regular Pepsi is one of the most popular beverages in the world. In terms of flavor, it’s spot on, however its combination of sodium and sugar blended with carbonation make it a perfect recipe starter for sensations of bloating.
9. Mug Root Beer: Interestingly enough, for a beverage that purportedly gets some of its characteristic flavor from nature, there is an awful lot of added sugar, flavorings and sodium in Mug Root Beer. High fructose corn syrup and 50% more calories than colas make Mug a high calorie and low benefit bloat causing selection amongst soda drinks.
10. Diet Orange Tropicana Twister: Interestingly enough, it’s not a sugar packed pop that has landed at number one, rather a diet option. The low cal version of Diet Tropicana Twister Orange boasts a trifecta of bloating causes with reflux inducing carbonation, water retention causing sodium, and gas creating artificial sweeteners all contained inside. A duo of sugar substitutes, aspartame and acesulfame potassium round out the reasons why this diet drink is a belly blunder.