Drinking Soda Reduces the Effectiveness of the Covid-19 Vaccine?

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1NEWS – Various hoaxes or false information about the Covid-19 vaccination seem endless. Surprisingly, there are still people who swallow this hoax whole without conducting investigations and confirmation.

In fact, most of these hoaxes come from unknown sources, which are spread many times through chain messages and social media. Even the “fried” news has actually been modified many times.

Recently, for example, information circulated on social media stating that consuming food and drinks containing alcohol and soda can reduce the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine.

In fact, until now there has been no research that proves that alcohol and soda can reduce the formation of antibodies. Both can be consumed before and or after vaccination.

However, the amount needs to be considered because basically consuming alcohol or fizzy drinks in excess can interfere with health. These include weight gain and obesity.

Not only that, consuming too much soda can lead to chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. The excessive consumption of alcohol also causes liver disease, heart disease, sexual dysfunction, and many more.

Citing page Medical News Today, soft drinks contain so much sugar. In a 12-ounce can of soda, there are at least 29.4-42 grams of sugar or the equivalent of 7-10 teaspoons.

This amount, if consumed in large amounts can lead to weight gain. In addition, excessive consumption of soda can also trigger diseases such as diabetes and heart problems.

Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States says there are a number of other diseases that lurk if the body consumes too much sugar.

In fact, based on a study conducted in 2018, people who regularly consume soft drinks have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who do not.

In fact, the majority of Indonesians have a habit of consuming risky drinks, including sugary drinks such as soda.

In 2018, the habit of consuming sweet drinks by people over the age of three reached 91.49%. Based on the Basic Health Research (Riskesdas) report, this percentage is the highest compared to other risky foods and beverages.

The recommended limit for consumption per week for alcohol is 14 glasses of star fruit for 3-4% alcohol, 16 shots for 12-30% alcohol, and eight shots for 40% alcohol. As for soda, the maximum limit is three cans or 450 calories.

Not the first time

Hoaxes about alcohol are not the first time this has happened. Previously, in March 2021, false information was spread on Facebook, which prohibited people from eating cassava tape after being vaccinated against Covid-19 because of the alcohol content in it.

In the upload, it is written that after being vaccinated, you are not allowed to drink alcoholic beverages including eating tape because it can eliminate the function of the vaccine.

According to dr. RA Adaninggar, alcohol can indeed interfere with the work of the immune system and increase the risk of infection, but not from cassava tape specifically. He also stated that the post was not true.

The alcohol in question, continued Adaninggar, is more associated with types of drinks rich in polyphenols such as wine and beer. However, this is also related to the length of time a person consumes and or the amount of alcohol consumed.

He also admitted that there are no definite figures that clearly state the amount or length of time consuming alcoholic beverages that cause immune system disorders.

From the available research evidence, it is said that around 14 glasses of alcohol per week or more than 5 or 6 glasses of alcohol at once drunk at one time, can interfere with the immune system.

The scientific evidence that states that alcohol consumption after the vaccine will reduce the antibody-forming ability of the vaccine has not yet been found.

Even so, he reminded, alcohol consumption is not a healthy lifestyle so it should be avoided. Or at least, the amount adjusts to a safe dose.

Meanwhile, KONI DKI Jakarta Nutritionist and APKI Approved Educator, Irtya Qiyamulail said that the alcohol content in the tape is also difficult to assess because it varies depending on the raw material, shelf life, and the container where the tape is fermented.

Regarding the dangers of tape such as being intoxicating or not, he continued, it all comes back to the person who consumes it. Many factors are taken into consideration, such as the person’s genetics, gender, and age.

Writer Asthina (Indonesian Female Member One)

Editor Tubagus Guritno


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