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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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9:46PM PDT on Apr 12, 2014

THANKS

6:46PM PST on Dec 22, 2013

Thanks

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

Thanks.

8:55PM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

Do the math! 500% waist expansion???
This would mean if one started with a 29" waist, ten years later their waist would be145".

I understand that pop/soda is bad for us, but when there is such obviously bad math in the report how are we to know what part we should really believe?

12:15PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

thanks

2:09AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Thanks very much.

2:32PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

We have warned the public for many years about drinking soda, including diet soda for years. Armed with more information, maybe persons will amke betetr choices. Pop seems to be served at most luncheons, dinner banquets, meetings with refreshments and is stocked in vending machines even at fitness centers and hospitals.

2:32PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

We have warned the public for many years about drinking soda, including diet soda for years. Armed with more information, maybe persons will amke betetr choices. Pop seems to be served at most luncheons, dinner banquets, meetings with refreshments and is stocked in vending machines even at fitness centers and hospitals.

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