The Health Dangers of Sugary Sodas

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How popular are sodas

Today in the United States, sugary sodas are taking the place of healthier beverages like milk. There are many TV and radio commercials about sodas that try to draw your attention to buying their sodas, but what they don’t tell you is how bad they are for you. Not only do these sugar-filled sodas cause weight gain, they also cause type 2 diabetes. According to Harvard University, people who consume 1-2 cans of sugar and soda a day have a 26% higher risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, as well as obesity.

How much sugar in sodas

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There are 16-20 teaspoons of sugar in a 20 ounce bottle of a sugar, soda. However, millions of Americans drink more than a 20-ounce bottle of soda a day. The more cans or bottles you drink, the more sugar you’re consuming, leading to weight gain. Some people think soda fills you up, but they don’t. In fact, sugar increases hunger, which leads to obesity. Assuming you ate a high-calorie meal with a sugar drink at McDonald’s, you increased your calorie intake even further, to over 1000 calories.

Obesity is on the rise

In the United States, 2 in 3 adults are obese and 1 in 3 children are also obese because of drinking sugary beverages, and this number will continue to increase over time. If you want to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, stop drinking those high-fructose sodas. Instead, choose healthy drinks like milk or bottled water. In this way you reduce your risk of adult-onset diabetes.

Sugar turns into fat in the liver

Sugar consists of two molecules: glucose and fructose. Glucose metabolizes every cell in your body, while fructose is only metabolized in your liver. When we consume these sugary sodas, our liver becomes overloaded and as a result, the liver stores more fat, making us overweight. Some of the fat turns into high triglycerides (fats in the blood), which over time can lead to heart disease.

Increases belly fat

Sugar, especially fructose, stores body fat around your abdomen and other organs, also known as visceral fat. During a 10-week study, 32 people drank two types of beverages, either glucose or fructose. People who drank glucose drinks only had subcutaneous fat (not related to metabolic disease), while people who drank high-fructose soda had an increase in visceral fat, leading to metabolic disease.

Beverages high in fructose have been linked to heart disease

During the ’60s and ’70s, studies found that regular soda was linked to certain diseases such as adult-onset diabetes, high triglycerides (fats in the blood) and high cholesterol, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Cancer risk in sugary sodas

In a study of 60,000 men and women, those who drank soda regularly had an 87% increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Postmenopausal women have been found to have an increased risk of endometrial cancer and an increase in colon cancer in both men and women.

caries risk

Finally, drinking too many regular sodas leads to tooth decay. Sodas contain both phosphoric acid and carbonic acid, which causes your mouth to become acidic. Sugar provides digestible energy for bad bacteria in the mouth; However, combine this with acids, it’s a disaster for your teeth and gums.

This is how you stay healthier

If you want to stay healthier and lose weight over time, avoid those sugary sodas. Overtime is paid.

Thanks to Ruth A Yoerg

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