4 ill effects of drinking soda

December 1, 2018  17:12

While soda consumption appears to be on the decline, these fizzy drinks and many other sugar-sweetened beverages are still marketed heavily, especially to younger age groups. Here are four associated health risks, as told by researchers.

  1. They promote overeating

According to research, liquid carbohydrates produce less satiety than solid forms, an effect often seen with sugar-sweetened drinks like soda. So, when these beverages fail to provide any feeling of fullness, they simply end up as empty calories while you consume more food to satisfy your hunger. 

  1. Dental health takes a hit

It is well-known that sugar is not good for your teeth. But opting for sugar-free soda is not a solution as it still contains acid which can weaken the enamel of our teeth.

  1. They may lead to type 2 diabetes

Just another reason why you should probably avoid stocking up the office mini-fridge with cans of coke. Drinking just one to two sugary drinks per day could increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 26 percent.

  1. Greater risk of dying from heart disease

Earlier this year, researchers at Emory University found an association between sugary drinks and an increased risk of death from coronary artery disease. While more research is needed to confirm cause and effect, this link was only found when looking at liquids. 

Source: Medical Daily

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