By now we all know that soda and other sugary beverages are just about the worst thing you can drink.
Study after study shows that soda—diet or regular—makes you obese.
But new research shows that getting fat is not the worst health effect.
The study was published in The BMJ’s Clinical Research Edition. Researchers analyzed health data from 100,000 people. Scientists tracked the participants’ foods, drinks, and medical information for nine years.
Researchers found that soda drinkers were more prone to cancer.
Just 3.5 daily ounces of soda or sugary fruit juice raised subjects’ cancer risk by 18%. It upped women’s chance of breast cancer by 22%.
The scientists think this is because sugar:
- Raises blood glucose levels.
- Builds body fat.
- Increases inflammation.
All of these are cancer risk factors. The researchers think it’s possible that chemicals in the drinks could be carcinogenic as well.
Simple Trick to Stop Your Soda Drinking Habit
If you drink soda, quit. If you find it’s difficult to go cold turkey, try this…
Reduce your soda serving size and add seltzer. Gradually increase the amount of seltzer and decrease the soda until you’re drinking only seltzer.
Dr. Mathilde Touvier led the study cited above. “The only beverage that is recommended is water,” she said. But water doesn’t have to be boring.
Try fruit-infused sparkling water. 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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