If you’ve been reading health magazines and websites for any length of time, you’ve read a litany of reasons why soda is bad for you. And probably many regular soda drinkers are aware that soft drinks are bad for the health.
At the same time, United States ranks first among countries in soft drink consumption.The study revealed that people who drank a regular soda every day for six months saw a 132 to 142 percent increase in liver fat, an 117 to 221 percent jump in skeletal fat, and about a 30 percent increase in both triglyceride blood fats and other organ fat. Their consumption also led to an 11 percent increase in cholesterol, compared with the people who drank other beverages such as water or milk.
Increased Blood Pressure
Experts have reasons to believe that overconsumption of fructose, particularly in the form of soft drinks, leads to an increase in blood pressure.
With consumption of carbonated drinks, you damage your enamel. That means that the teeth are more prone to infection. It can also cause more harm than candy.
Harvard researchers have recently positively linked soft drinks to obesity. The study found that 12-year-olds who drank soda were more likely to be obese than those who didn’t, and for each serving of soda consumed daily, the risk of obesity increased 1.6 times.
Because of the high sugar, sodium and caffeine content in soda, it dehydrates the body and over a long period of time can cause chronic dehydration.
Increases your risk for heart disease and metabolic syndrome
According to Ravi Dhingra, M.D., lead author of the study and an instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School states “If you are drinking one or more soft drinks a day, you may be increasing your risk of developing metabolic risk factors for heart disease.” The Framingham study included nearly 9,000 individuals, over a four-year period. Researchers found that individuals consuming one or more sodas a day had a 48 % increased risk of metabolic syndrome compared to those consuming less than one soft drink daily.