By now, you’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t drink soda.
But the reality is, it’s often the best thing you can do to help your body heal.
But what about the beverage industry’s efforts to convince you to drink more soda?
Here’s a look at some of the ways it’s trying to push you into unhealthy habits.1.
Soda is addictive.
Coca-Cola is known for its ability to make you feel good, so why would you want to get a sugar rush from a sweet drink?
According to a 2011 study by the National Institutes of Health, the beverage’s popularity is linked to the following three factors: 1.
According to the CDC, one in five adults ages 15 to 49 years old drinks soda daily or more, and nearly one in four of those adults drinks at least one bottle a week.2.
The average American drinks at nearly three times the recommended daily dose (RDA) of the popular beverage.3.
A 2007 study by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine found that regular soda consumption was linked to a 25 percent increase in body mass index.4.
Increased risk of developing colorectal cancer.
A 2012 study in the journal Cancer Causes & Control found that women who drink more than two servings of soda per day had a 30 percent increased risk of dying from cancer.5.
Reduced mental well-being.
Studies have shown that people who drink two or more servings of sugary drinks are more likely to be depressed, anxiety, and substance abuse.6.
Increased chances of becoming obese.
A 2011 study found that soda consumption by adults ages 20 to 49 increased their chances of obesity by 28 percent and was associated with a 16 percent increase risk of becoming overweight.7.
Reduced weight loss.
According a 2009 report from the American Beverage Association, drinking two or three glasses of soda a day, on average, reduces the energy expenditure of your body and may actually make you gain weight.8.
According the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people who drank soda as part of their daily calorie intake were more likely than those who did not to regain some of their lost weight.9.
Weight loss and depression.
According To Mayo Clinic researchers, drinking soda is associated with an increased risk for depression, weight gain, and weight gain disorder, and can increase your risk of anxiety, irritability, and fatigue.10.
Increased likelihood of diabetes.
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, soda consumption may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, and also increase the likelihood of obesity.11.
Increased chance of heart disease.
According Dr. David Ludwig, chief medical officer for the American Heart Association, soda intake increases the risk for heart disease by up to 30 percent.12.
Increased consumption of sugar.
A recent study by Columbia University researchers found that drinking soda daily increased the number of sugar-sweetened beverages consumed by adults, up to a 50 percent increase.13.
Increased health care costs.
A 2009 study by Dartmouth College found that the cost of diabetes treatment doubled in the years following soda consumption, up by more than $4,000 per patient.14.
Increased heart attacks.
According, to a 2013 study by scientists at the Centers of Disease Control, consumption of soda was associated, among other things, with an increase in the likelihood that patients would have a heart attack.15.
A 2013 study from researchers at Dartmouth College examined data from more than 4,000 U.S. adults aged 18 and older and found that those who drank more than five glasses of soft drinks per day were five times more likely in that age group to have a waist circumference over the normal limit.16.
Increased risks of developing diabetes.
A study published in The Lancet found that a drink of three to four glasses of sugar a day increases the chance of developing type 2 diabetics by nearly 30 percent and that consumption of five to 10 glasses of sweetened beverages increases the odds of developing Type 2 diabetes by 33 percent.17.
Increased blood pressure.
According an October 2011 study in Circulation, those who drink six or more glasses of water per day have a 3.5-fold increased risk than those with three to two glasses of liquid soda.18.
Increased body fat.
According The American Heart Foundation, a drink every day of soda increases body fat by more that 2 percent, while regular soft drinks are estimated to have the opposite effect.19.
According researchers at Boston University, people with the highest intake of sugared beverages are more anxious, depressed, and less likely to perform well on standardized tests.20.
Increased rates of heart attacks and strokes.
According Dartmouth College, sugaring has been linked to an increased rate of heart attack and stroke.21.
Increased weight gain.
According Harvard Medical School researchers, those with the most sugarectives have been found to be