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9 Disturbing Side Effects of Soda

  • March 11, 2012
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9 Disturbing Side Effects of Soda

By Emily Main, Rodale

Soda’s Bittersweet Side Effects

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. It’s nothing but sugar water. It’s devoid of any nutritional value. It leads to obesity and diabetes. But we’ve dug up nine other disturbing facts about what soda does to your body, besides packing on the pounds, that don’t get much attention in broader discussions about soda and its impact on your health.

Weird Fat in Weird Places

In the latest bad news for the soda industry, Danish researchers discovered that drinking non-diet soda leads to dramatic increases in fat buildup around your liver and your skeletal muscles, both of which can contribute to insulin resistance and diabetes. 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, a 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.

Diet Not Working? Try This

Diet-Soda Belly

It’s not surprising that drinking all the sugar in sodas would cause weight gain, but what is surprising is that even diet soda will pack on the pounds: Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center monitored 475 adults for 10 years, and found that those who drank diet soda had a 70 percent increase in waist circumference over the 10-year study, compared with those who didn’t drink any soda. Those who drank more than two diet sodas per day saw a 500 percent waist expansion! A separate study the same researchers conducted on mice suggested that it was the aspartame, which raised blood glucose levels, that caused the weight gain; when your liver encounters too much glucose, the excess is converted to body fat.

Diet Soda = Diabetes Soda

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12:04AM PDT on Aug 15, 2015

Thank you

12:23PM PDT on Apr 26, 2015

Not a soda drinker anymore anyway but Hubby is.

7:43AM PDT on Mar 27, 2015

Love my coffee & soda's !!!!!

8:14AM PST on Feb 2, 2015


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9:36PM PST on Nov 10, 2013

It's too bad, that one of my favorite "foods" is so bad for us! :(

12:33AM PDT on Sep 27, 2013

The unknown side effects of GMOs fact pissed me off the most. These corporate guys get away with just about anything b/c of how much money they have.

3:36PM PDT on Aug 18, 2013


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Well I guess there are other compelling reasons to not eat fast food other than it really is nothing…

Thanks for posting.

Cannot stop catalogs, I tried- recycle them.

This sounds just a bit too new agey for me, sorry.

All good. Thank you.


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