20 June 2011

Studies reveal multiple health issues caused by daily soda drinking

Drinking soda gives you more than a sugar high and a fun, bubbly fizz; it also contributes to a number of health issues.

Firstly, you’ll put on weight. With about 39 grams of sugar in each can, you’ll get a sugar high but when you come down, a Nurses Health Study on females shows, you’ll have gained 10 pounds in 4 years from drinking just one soda per day. That’s over 2 pounds per year in soda alone!

In the same study, women who confessed to drinking one or more sodas or fruit punch sweetened with sugar every day, were twice as likely to have developed type 2 diabetes during the 8 year study as women who  rarely indulged in these types of drinks.

According to another 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.

Further studies have shown that drinking any kind of sodas, diet or not, have largely the same effect on the body and are part of an overall unhealthy lifestyle. Drinking sodas just makes you less healthy is the message.

So put away your sugar water and all the health scares that go along with it. Do your body a favor and grab yourself a nice tall glass of H2O today.

Karyn Pyle | @natureconspires
When her son was born, Karyn began a journey of researching the impact of our daily choices on our children, the earth and its inhabitants. Now a campaigner of safe food practices and animal rights; while studying holistic medicine, she writes about her passions of organic and eco living and the ethical treatment of animals. Follow Karyn at Natures Conspiracy and Facebook.

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