Health Effects of Soda
It seems almost every week a new study warns of another potential health risk linked to soft drinks. Most recently headlines raised concerns that diet sodas can contribute to higher stroke risk. Diet and regular sodas have both been linked to Obesity, kidney damage and certain types of cancers. Regular soft drinks have also been linked to elevated blood pressure which increases the risk of heart attack.
Soda is the single largest source of calories in America today. Diet soda is another culprit in this ongoing Cola controversy. The more diet soda you drink, the greater the risk of becoming overweight. Drinking just two or more cans a day increased waistlines by 500%. How can that be?! Artificial sweeteners can disrupt the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake based on the sweetness of foods. Those of us who consume diet foods might be more likely to overeat because your body is being tricked into thinking it’s eating sugar and you crave more of it.
Did you order a Rum & Diet Coke when you were out with friends? Cocktails made with diet soda get you drunker faster. Sugar free mixers allow liquor to enter your bloodstream much quicker than those with sugar.. leaving you with a bigger buzz and a bigger hangover.
Before you grab a can of soda… consider this: 1 can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites.
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