The short answer
7up is a caffeine-free soft drink with a lemon-lime flavor. It may help with nausea in moderate consumption in case of nausea induced by acid reflux. However, carbonation, sugar content, and acid content in 7up can cause stomach upset and also can make your nausea worse.
- 7up is a popular soft drink that is caffeine-free and lemon-lime-flavored.
- As 7up is caffeine-free and due to the lemon-lime flavoring, in moderate consumption, it may help with nausea that results from acid reflux.
- Too much 7up can lead to stomach upset due to its sugar content and carbonation which can increase the stomach’s internal pressure.
- The bloating sensation that may result from drinking soda may last a few minutes to hours until the entrapped bubbles are released from your stomach.
- The long-term consumption of 7up and other soft drinks can lead to serious health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, dental problems, bone demineralization, and gout.
What is the composition of 7UP?
7up is a soft drink that is caffeine-free. It contains the following ingredients:
- Carbonated water
- Carbon dioxide
- Acids (citric acid and malic acid)
- Sodium citrate to regulate acidity
- Sweetening agent (steviol glycosides)
- Potassium Benzoate is used as a preservative
- Calcium Disodium EDTA is used to protect flavor.
- lemon extract
- Lime extract
- Stevia leaf extract.
Does 7up help with nausea?
In fact, there is no clear medical evidence that drinking 7up can help with nausea especially if you know that there are many different causes of nausea.
However, the answer to the question of whether or not drinking 7up can help with nausea is still not clear.
In certain conditions, nausea may result from acid reflux. In this case, drinking 7up with its lemon-lime flavor can help, in moderate consumption, to relieve nausea.
In addition, 7up is reported to be caffeine-free. This probably decreases its risk of increasing stomach upset. Caffeine-containing soft drinks can worsen stomach upset. Caffeine is a stimulant that can increase acid secretion and therefore can aggravate your condition.
Drinking 7up can be considered as a rehydration source to replace water loss during vomiting. However, it is not the best drink for rehydration and it doesn’t contain sufficient electrolytes.
Why soft drinks can cause nausea and stomach upset?
Drinking carbonated beverages can lead to stomach upset and nausea. This can be attributed to the following reasons:
- Too much soda can lead to heartburn and regurgitation due to its acid content.
- The acid in soda (7up) can make you feel queasy.
- Drinking cold 7Up can probably slow down your gut’s activity and might actually lengthen the stomach discomfort.
- Moreover, carbonation is misunderstood to help with stomach upset. However, carbonation can increase the internal pressure in the stomach wall leading to acid reflux that can make nausea worse.
- Artificial sweeteners in soda can lead to indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, and inflammation.
- Bloating and flatulence can result from the carbonation and sugar content in soft drinks which can make your nausea worse.
- Carbonated drinks can make you feel stomach pressure with entrapped gases. A previous study showed that carbonated beverages with carbon dioxide content can increase the gastric volume and the internal pressure on the stomach wall leading to nausea, bloating, and a feeling of fullness.
How long does bloating from soda last?
Drinking carbonated beverages can lead to bloating and flatulence which may make you feel nauseous.
The bloating sensation that may follow drinking soda may last a few minutes to hours until the entrapped bubbles are released from your stomach.
What are the long-term side effects of soft drinks?
The long-term consumption of soft drinks is associated with many serious health problems. Therefore, soft drinks have been banned from schools in Britain and France, and in the United States, school systems as large as those in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Miami have banned or severely limited soft drink sales (Ref).
The most common side effects of long-term drinking of the soft drink include the following (Ref):
- Tooth problems
- Bone demineralization
- Metabolic syndrome
- Diabetes (Type 2 diabetes mellites)
- Increase your risk of heart disease due to high sugar intake.
- Increased risk of cancer diseases due to the increased risk of obesity, heart diseases, and diabetes
- Soft drink consumption is associated with decreased nutrition intakes
- Increase your risk of gout.
- Increase the risk of dementia.