Excessive soda consumption has been linked to many health issues including cancer, obesity, and various metabolic diseases. Moreover, due to a high amount of sugar in soda it also affects brain health and can be addictive. Below is a representation of the various negative impacts of drinking soda. Many people and even advocate of soda say that moderation is key. However, due to sugar’s addictive property, it’s difficult for most people to consume in moderation.
Recently, one study published in JAMA Internal Medicine exposed the truth about how the sugar industry manipulated past studies in order to favor the used of sugar in a wide variety of products including soda.
This study suggests that the sugar industry sponsored its first CHD research project in 1965 to downplay early warning signals that sucrose consumption was a risk factor in CHD. As of 2016, sugar control policies are being promulgated in international, federal, state, and local venues. Yet CHD risk is inconsistently cited as a health consequence of added sugars consumption. Because CHD is the leading cause of death globally, the health community should ensure that CHD risk is evaluated in future risk assessments of added sugars. Policymaking committees should consider giving less weight to food industry–funded studies, and include mechanistic and animal studies as well as studies appraising the effect of added sugars on multiple CHD biomarkers and disease development.
If you are among the millions of people who drink soda, check this infographic below and learn the various negative health impacts it can do to your body. Soda may not be bad if consume occasionally, but who does it? The majority of people who drink soda considered it as a replacement for water. The more soda you drink, the more sugar you consumed.
There you have it! The truth about soda and its negative impacts on health. Decide and make the right choice today by drastically reducing your sugar consumption. Eventually, your goal is to minimize and avoid refined and added sugar. Aim at consuming natural sugars from fruits and eat them instead of juicing. On the other hand, juicing can be helpful at times, but most of the time, eating whole fruits is better.
Most people have difficulty quitting or reducing the consumption of added and refined sugar. If you’re among in this category of people, try to eat more fiber from fruits and vegetables along with healthy fats as these can help reduce the cravings of refined sweets. Also note, that even the American Heart Association recognized the contribution of added sugar to heart disease and even worsen diabetes.