Just about every week, it seems, a new study warns of another potential health risk linked to soft drinks.
Soft drink include your coke, pepsi, fanta and sprite. Diet and regular sodas have both been linked to obesity, kidney damage, and certain cancers while regular soft drinks have been linked to elevated blood pressure.
Sugar-rushes and caffeine-highs followed by a depressing energy crash are what happens to your body when you drink coke but a lot of people actually seem to be okay with that. Drinking soda or soft drink is equivalent to taking 39 grams of sugar. Enagaging in a soda-slurping habit over a long period of time will only wreck you.
Here’s a quick rundown of what will likely happen to you, in a few years, after drinking soda on a regular basis:
You’ll Be Fatter: According to research in the Nurse’s Health Study, which monitored the health of 90,000 women for eight years, drinking a single soda every day of the week added 10 pounds over a four-year period.
You’ll Probably Have Diabetes: In the Nurses’ Health Study, people who said they drank one or more servings a day of a sugar-sweetened soft drink or fruit punch were twice as likely to have developed type 2 diabetes during the study than those who rarely consumed these beverages.
You’re Much More Likely to Develop Heart Disease: According to a study published in 2007 in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, subjects who drank a soda every day over a four-year period had a 25% chance of developing high blood sugar levels and a 32% greater chance of developing lower “good” cholesterol levels. The Nurses’ Health Study found that women who drank more than two sugary beverages per day had a 40% higher risk of heart attacks or death from heart disease than women who rarely drank sugary beverages.
You’re Probably Also Less Healthy In Other Ways: Several studies, including the 2007 study published in Circulation, suggest that diet sodas have some of the same effects on health as regular sodas, despite having none or very little of the sugar. Why? Drinking soda is typically part of an overall lifestyle that’s not very healthy: We know you don’t like us to compare drinking caffeine and sugar to substance abuse, but when it comes to your lifestyle, some think that soda is just like a gateway drug.