If there was any doubt that soda is one of the greatest health threats of our time, a new analysis just settled the matter.
An exhaustive survey of 36 studies debunks the long-held claim by Big Sugar that soft drinks in moderation aren’t bad for you.1
Scientists at Stellenbosch University in South Africa painstakingly analyzed data from over a decade of research. They included only high-quality randomized clinical trials and observational studies.
For years, soda was considered “empty calories” that lacked nutrition. But the analysis showed the calories are far from empty…they are toxic.
Among the disturbing findings:
- Drinking just two sodas a day makes a person 240% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
- Artificially sweetened diet beverages increase diabetes risk by the same amount.2
- As few as two sodas a week can trigger diabetes.
- Just one soda a day can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.
- There’s a direct correlation between soda drinking and metabolic syndrome…the more soda you drink, the more likely you are to be obese, have hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Professor M. Faadiel Essop of the university’s department of physiological sciences was lead author of the paper.
“Studies strongly show that frequent intake of these beverages contributes to the onset of the metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and hypertension,” he said.
The analysis was published recently in the Journal of the Endocrine Society.
This Is Your Brain on Diet Soda
Metabolic problems are far from the only danger. Previous research has found that people who drink just one diet soda a day are 89 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.3
You can make the case that soda has replaced smoking as the number one public health scourge. A Gallup poll found that nearly half (48%) of Americans regularly drink soda. Only about 15% of Americans smoke.4 5
Simple Trick to Kick the Can
The bottom line?
If you drink soda, quit. If you find it’s difficult to go cold turkey, try this trick…
Reduce your soda serving size and add seltzer. Gradually increase the amount of seltzer and decrease the soda until you’re drinking only seltzer.
You may want to switch to fruit-infused sparkling water. Just cut up your favorite fruit and add it to a glass of plain seltzer or sparkling mineral water.
It’s a healthy way to quench your thirst without destroying your health.
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