Drinking Sprite in Sore Throat: Is it SAFE or Not?

Short Answer: Sprite is bad for sore throat because it has sugar, sodium, citric acid, and carbonation.

Sore throat is a condition that affects your throat, which is the tube that connects your mouth and nose to your esophagus and windpipe.

In sore throat, your throat becomes inflamed, irritated, or infected by viruses, bacteria, allergens, or other irritants.

This can lead to various health problems, such as difficulty swallowing, fever, swollen glands, hoarseness, and in some cases, complications like tonsillitis or rheumatic fever.

One of the key factors in managing sore throat is diet.

What you consume can affect your throat’s healing process, which can impact your sore throat symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage sore throat, you should consume fluids and soft foods that are easy to swallow and soothe your throat, like warm soups and broths, gelatin desserts, frozen treats, smoothies and yogurt, cooked vegetables, and scrambled or hard-boiled eggs.

You should avoid foods and drinks that are hard, firm, spicy, acidic, or dry, like crackers, crusty bread, sodas, coffee, alcohol, potato chips, pretzels, popcorn, raw vegetables, oranges, lemons, lime, tomatoes, and grapefruits.

Now, Sprite is a clear, lemon and lime-flavored soft drink created by the Coca-Cola Company. It comes in multiple flavors, including cranberry, cherry, grape, orange, tropical, ginger, and vanilla.

They usually contain carbonated water, sugar or high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, natural flavors, sodium citrate, and sodium benzoate.

Sprite is bad for sore throat because it contains citric acid and carbonation.

Citric acid is a natural acid found in citrus fruits that can irritate your inflamed throat and make it more painful.

Carbonation is the process of dissolving carbon dioxide gas in water to create bubbles that can also aggravate your sore throat and cause more discomfort.

One 12-ounce can of Sprite can give you 38 grams of sugar (76% of your daily needs), 140 calories (7% of your daily needs), 65 milligrams of sodium (3% of your daily needs), and no other significant nutrients.

Sugar can worsen your sore throat by feeding the bacteria or viruses that are causing the infection. It can also suppress your immune system and make it harder for your body to fight off the infection.

Sodium can dehydrate your body and make your throat more dry and scratchy. It can also increase your blood pressure and affect your heart health.

Furthermore, Sprite is a cold drink and cold drinks are bad for sore throat.

Because they can constrict your blood vessels and reduce the blood flow to your throat. This can slow down the healing process and prolong your recovery time.

That’s why I suggest you limit your Sprite intake to avoid worsening your sore throat symptoms.

Stick to one can or less per day to minimize the negative effects of sugar, sodium, citric acid, and carbonation.

Also, you shouldn’t drink Sprite if you have acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) to prevent heartburn and acid damage to your esophagus. Because Sprite can lower the pH of your stomach acid and make it more acidic.

You can buy Sprite in any grocery store or convenience store.

Always choose the regular version over the diet or zero versions.

Because they contain artificial sweeteners that can have harmful effects on your health.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management, is key to managing sore throat effectively.

I always recommend my sore throat patients to follow a sore throat-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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