Statistics show that nearly half of Americans drink soda every single day. It’s tasty and refreshing, but it’s also terrible for your health. These are four reasons why you should rethink that next can of Coke.
Soda can actually promote overeating.
“Fluid calories do not hold strong satiety properties,” says Richard Mattes at Purdue University. “When drinking fluid calories, people often end up eating more calories overall.”
One obvious health problem soda can cause is tooth decay. Some people choose diet due to it’s lower sugar content but even sugar-free soda contains phosphoric and citric acids which can weaken tooth enamel.
Soda can also increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes. A study conducted at Harvard University found that drinking 1 to 2 sugary drinks per day could increase your risk of diabetes by 26%.
Research also shows it increases the risk of dying from heart disease.
“Two sodas a day appears to double your risk of dying from heart disease,” says Dr. Jean Welsh of Emory University. “And it was just the drinks. We looked at sweet foods, and there was no similar effect.”
Next time you’re craving a soda, think about what it’s doing to affect your health.